As UPIASI celebrates 21 years of its foundation, it continues to play a key role in facilitating CASI’s deep and distinctive research partnerships and student programs in India. It has also 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.
UPIASI aims to foster a better understanding of contemporary India’s political, social and economic development and foreign policy. Our two main research clusters namely Governance and International Relations are directed at generating new knowledge in areas like Indian politics, economic development, political economy, foreign policy and security studies. The Institution has been supported by The School of Arts and Sciences, The Center for the Advanced Study of India, members of the Governing Council, the Penn community and other donors.
UPIASI currently works with a number of Penn schools and departments, including the School of Arts and Sciences, Penn Global, 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.
The Institute is located at the India Habitat Centre. Spread over nine acres in the heart of New Delhi, this is the country’s most comprehensive convention centre with 58 rooms, a business centre, six restaurants and several event venues.
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. Devesh Kapur, the current Director, was appointed to this role in 2006. Using the same vision, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI) was established in 1997 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi as an in-country counterpart to CASI. Ambassador SK Singh, former Foreign Secretary of India was the Founding Secretary General of UPIASI and Keshub Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. became the first President of the Governing Council. Ramanan Raghavendran is the current President of the Governing Council and Dr. E. Sridharan has been the Academic Director and Chief Executive of the institution since its inception.