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About the India Initiative

Established in 2007, the University of Wisconsin-Madison India Initiative brings together faculty across campus, alumni, and friends to support, enhance, and increase awareness about India's arts, cultures, economy, history, religions and society.

Through collaboration with diverse departments and programs, and with support from alumni and friends, the India Initiative highlights scholarship and outreach efforts and facilitates new programs to help us better understand and engage with India's rising global prominence in such diverse fields as medicine, journalism, economy and industry, engineering, biotechnology, and law.

Recognizing the importance of India to the economic and political future of Wisconsin and the United States, this enhanced collaboration with and dissemination about India will benefit Wisconsin's businesses and citizens as a whole.


Study Abroad

College Year in India, Varanasi - classes,research projects-social sciences and humanities

University of Hyderabad- humanities,social sciences,biophysical science

Pune- classes, internships-social sciences and humanities

Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad-agribusiness (in development)



Khorana program for Rural Development

Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, Amethi and Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh- Dairy and Vegetable Production-classes,internships-social sciences and humanities

Punjab Agricultural University- multiple fields

Mahindra and Mahindra, Mumbai- agricultural engineering


Khorana program for student exchange - laboratory research

National Center for Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Astra Zeneca, Bangalore - multiple fields

Pune- Institute of Science Education and Research

Mumbai – Tata Institute for Fundamental Research

Hyderabad – Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Bharat Biotech


Kochi, Kerala – aquaculture and hydroponics – linked to UW course (in development)


Lady Andal Secondary School, Chennai – teaching in several subjects,


Combat Blindness Foundation

L.V. Prasad, Hyderabad,

Aravind Eye Care, Madurai,

Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi

Tarabai Desai, Jodphur – eye care and surgery

Sambhavana Clinic, Bhopal

Veterinary externships – Chennai and Bangalore (in development)


Majlis, Mumbai a women’s rights law firm and advocacy organization

Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi

The Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore

Consumer Unity and Trust Society, Jaipur


Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai - Science Center (in development)

Center for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad – sociology and economics research

Indian Museum for Science and Technology, Mumbai (in development)

Sahiyar and Olakh, Gujarat – NGOs supporting women (in development)

The Accountability Initiative, Delhi – social audit internships (in development)

Observer Research Foundation, Delhi (in development)

K.R. Cama Oriental Institute and SPARROW – library science course/study program (in development)

Related UW Departments, Divisions, Schools and Colleges

Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
Center for South Asia
College of Letters and Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Computer Sciences

Division of International Studies
International Business
International Institute
Law School

School of Human Ecology
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
School of Medicine and Public Health
Wisconsin Alumni Association



2011 Newsletter NEW!

India Initiative Goals

  • Integrate the study of India across the curriculum to facilitate the development of global competence and advance internationalization.
  • Build partnerships among educational, governmental, and corporate institutions in India and Wisconsin to facilitate educational exchange, create new knowledge through research collaborations, and economic development.
  • Expand and facilitate research and teaching on areas of emerging interests related to but not limited to India's economy, knowledge sectors, and global integration.
  • Bring together faculty from humanities, professional, social science and scientific departments interested in India.
  • Create a clear portal to resources at the UW-Madison campus to facilitate new research and teaching strategies and public engagement about India.
  • Coordinate activity related to India to create dynamic synergies and a central point of contact for the campus and state communities.
  • Disseminate knowledge about India to benefit Wisconsin and American citizens and to serve the needs of business.
  • Re-connect to alums with interest in India as well as those of Indian origin.








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