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Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), CASI has continued to uphold Penn's global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. In conjunction with SAS Dean, Steven J. Fluharty's "Foundations and Frontiers" vision, CASI's goals are to engage in policy-relevant research focused on the challenges facing contemporary India; to nurture students' interest in contemporary India through interactions with Visiting Scholars and opportunities to work and conduct research in India; and to act as a public forum on contemporary India by hosting seminars, workshops, and conferences, as well as through our online scholarly publication, India in Transition.

In the News

Suraj Yengde
The Indian Express
September 21 2020
Kristina García
Penn Today
September 14 2020
Debjani Bhattacharyya & Megnaa Mehtta
September 5 2020


CASI Welcomes New Director
July 1, 2020

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Upcoming Virtual Events

The Politics of Expendability: Police Workers Unions as a National Security Threat
Beatrice Jauregui, October 1, 2020

Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of India-Pakistan Relations?
Pallavi Raghavan, October 8, 2020


Our online publication, India in Transition (IiT), allows scholars from all over the world the opportunity to exchange various analyses and innovative ideas about India's current status and growth. A complete archive of issues is maintained here and translated in Hindi. In addition to appearing on CASI's website, all IiT articles are published in The Hindu: Business Line and Amar Ujala.