The University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI) was established in 1997, as CASI’s counterpart institution, in India, to ensure a stronger network for collaborative research and scholarship. Under the leadership of Dr. Eswaran Sridharan, UPIASI has developed a strong research program and academic presence of its own, and is increasingly playing a nodal role for a number of Penn-related initiatives in India such as global immersion programs, student internships and exchanges, and orientations for newly admitted students from India.
We aim to facilitate research that fosters a greater understanding of problems facing contemporary India especially in areas of Politics & Governance, International relations, National Security, Economic Development, Energy and Environment amongst others. UPIASI thus acts as a catalyst to stimulate exchange of knowledge and best practices for the mutual benefit of American and Indian scholars.
UPIASI partners with various Penn entities on a range of activities, including, The School of Arts and Sciences, CASI, Penn Global, College of Liberal and Professional Studies, South Asia Center, The Lauder Institute, Penn Alumni Relations, and Penn’s Alumni Interview Program. UPIASI also works closely with alumni groups in India, including the five Penn Clubs and the four Alumni Interview Committees.