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Modern Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


UNC’s Modern Indian Studies program will provide new teaching, research and public programming and engagement opportunities on issues related to modern India and its rapid rise on the global stage. By increasing knowledge and understanding of modern India, the program will help position North Carolina as the go-to state for leading Indian biomedical, biotechnology, information technology and other firms considering investments in the U.S. In close collaboration with our community, academic research and business partners, UNC’s Modern Indian Studies program will transform the study and understanding of contemporary India for generations of students, entrepreneurs and future leaders in our global economy.

The Modern Indian Studies program will drive direct, measurable impact in North Carolina, the U.S. and beyond. By drawing on the state’s strong education, research and innovation ecosystems, the program fosters linkages and partnership between North Carolina and India, further strengthening important economic ties.

Community Partnership

The Modern Indian Studies program was envisioned and established as a collaborative project that blends academic scholarship with industry and community in part through the leadership and initiative from the Indian American community in North Carolina.

By facilitating interactions between businesses in the Research Triangle and across North Carolina with companies in India, the Modern Indian Studies program will grow partnerships that will provide new opportunities for local businesses and options for Indian companies to expand their business here in North Carolina.

The Modern Indian Studies program welcomes partnerships and opportunities for collaboration, and if you or your organization is interested in connecting with Modern Indian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, please reach out to Meenu Tewari.

Steering Committee

From the start, the Modern Indian Studies program has had valuable support from community members and industry leaders. UNC-Chapel Hill recognizes the important role of the members of the steering committee, listed below.

  • Swadesh Chatterjee, Chair
  • Pavan Yerramsetty
  • Sankar Adusumilli
  • Sajjan Agarwal
  • Sonal Arora
  • Anuj Mittal
  • Vinod Jindal
  • Michael Riccobene
  • Prajesh Patel
  • Ravish Sachar
  • Sai Sudhini
  • Prajesh Patel
  • Kaushik Sen
  • Tilak Shah
  • Paul Singh
  • Dhiren Thakker
  • Dicky Walia

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Colleen Sisneros
Senior Director of Development

If you are interested in supporting the Modern Indian Studies initiative, please reach out to Colleen Sisneros.

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