PENN IN INDIA 2018-04-27T07:54:31+00:00

The University of Pennsylvania has a long-standing history in India and strong engagements here through its research and education programs. Penn was one of the first American universities to teach Sanskrit in the 1800’s and was the first to establish an academic program in South Asian Studies in 1947. In the decade following, Penn also established a Title VI resource center on South Asia in 1958 and later The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) and counterpart in India UPIASI. UPIASI partners with various Penn entities on a range of initiatives in India such as global immersion programs, student internships & exchange and, orientation for newly admitted students.

PENN INDIA RESEARCH AND ENGAGEMENT FUND

Launched in October 2017, the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (Penn IREF) is a competitive matching program designed to stimulate and support activity in India. The primary goals of the fund are:
• To support outstanding research projects from across the University that are poised to make significant contributions to their field and catalyze transformative ideas in and across academic disciplines and schools.
• To increase the study and understanding of India at Penn and create opportunities for meaningful student engagement, including the development of innovative curricular activities, new courses, and short term study opportunities, such as Penn Global Seminars.
• To develop new, or strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Indian partners.

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CASI STUDENT INTRENSHIPS

UPIASI provides logistical and on-the ground support to University of Pennsylvania students through the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)’s Student Programs. Since 2009, nearly 175 Penn undergraduate and graduate students have traveled to India to conduct independent research and participate in volunteer internships based at selected CASI partner organizations across India. CASI also offers a yearlong fellowship for a recent Penn graduate to conduct independent research. Read more about the CASI Student Programs and be sure to follow the CASI Student Programs Blog.

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CU IN INDIA

C.U. in India is a new program specially designed for busy students who want to go to overseas as part of their Penn education, but don’t have time to spend a whole semester or summer abroad.C.U. in India is a hybrid, domestic/overseas course series which provides students with the opportunity to have an applied learning and cultural experience overseas while earning 1 credit unit. Course enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the program.

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PENN FORERUNNER

As a host to over 6,000 international students and scholars from all over the world, The University of Pennsylvania is truly a global university. Students from China and India make up nearly half of the international student population at Penn. The growing international student community brings in significant benefit to the university and it is the mission of ISSS and the university to make sure that all are welcome and fully supported. Forerunner is intended to prepare newly accepted Penn international students for their journey to the US as well as their academic and extracurricular experience. Participants will hear from Penn staff about how to be successful in and out of the classroom and the campus resources that will help them along the way. Current students will facilitate small group discussions, providing insight into their Penn experience and sharing different ways to get involved in student organizations. This program allows for new students to make connections not only with each other, but also with current students, Penn staff, and alumni.

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PENN ALUMNI CLUBS

There are currently 4 Penn Alumni regional Clubs in India:

PENN CLUB OF DELHI 
Contact: Rohan Tibrawalla, W’06
rohant@alumni.upenn.edu
Priyanka Agarwal, W’97
priyanka@tcil.com

PENN CLUB OF MUMBAI
Contact: www.pennclubmumbai.com

PENN CLUB OF KOLKATA
Contact: Anil Vaswani Eng’97
anil.vaswani@wesman.com

PENN AND WHARTON CLUB OF BANGALORE
Contact: Ravi Gururaj, ENG’89, W’89
ravi.gururaj@gmail.com

PENN ALUMNI INTERVIEW PROGRAM

The Penn Alumni Interview Program is dedicated to offering an interview to every undergraduate applicant to the University of Pennsylvania. In doing so, we are making Penn more accessible to all applicants, are allowing them a chance to advocate for themselves, and are providing Penn Admissions with information they might not otherwise find in an application.

For the past several years, Penn alumni in India have worked tirelessly to ensure that all undergraduate applicants are offered an interview. This enthusiasm has helped to significantly increase the number of applicants who apply to Penn each year from India. Penn Alumni Interviewers also have opportunities to assist Penn Admissions in local recruitment efforts, in addition to receiving regular updates about news and events associated with the university. It’s a great way to stay connected to Penn, and to other alumni!

Any Penn alumnus is eligible to serve as an interviewer. No matter where you’re located, you can help Admissions reach this year’s cohort of Penn applicants.

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