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CASI: An Institutional History

A Unique Research Institution of International Excellence

The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) was founded in 1992 by Prof. Francine R. Frankel from Penn’s Department of Political Science, as the first academic research center in the United States for the study of contemporary India.

Collaborative Partnership in New Delhi


This foresight was translated further still with the establishment of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), CASI’s counterpart institution in New Delhi in 1997...

Endowed Chair Ensures Future Growth

Frankel & Clinton

In 2003, as a result of a successful endowment drive and campaign, championed by CASI’s International Advisory Board, the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India was established at Penn under terms...

Programs to Engage the Community and World

Rukmini Banerji

The rigor and richness of CASI’s diverse engagements with contemporary India are shared widely on the Penn campus through a packed calendar of events throughout the academic year...