Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) is the first and only academic research institution in the United States dedicated to the study of contemporary India. Led by Director Devesh Kapur, CASI is a national resource that fills an urgent need for objective knowledge of India’s society, politics, and economy, and the country’s transformation as both an ancient civilization and major contemporary power.
In this edition of By The Numbers, we mark CASI’s vicennial.
Year in which Francine R. Frankel, a professor of political science at Penn, founded CASI. She served as the Center’s director from 1992-2006, and is also a founding member of CASI’s sister institution, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, New Delhi.
The population of India, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second-most populous country in the world after China.
Number of talks delivered each year as part of CASI’s Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings renowned India specialists to Penn.
Amount in grant money CASI received in 2010 from India’s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) to conduct research on international migration from India. It was the first time MOIA awarded an empirical research grant of this magnitude to an academic institution outside of India.
Number of weeks Penn undergraduate and graduate students can spend in India as part of CASI’s India Summer Internship Program. CASI provides students with funds for travel, housing, and related living expenses.
Originally published on March 15, 2012