The Sept. 27 event will be in the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium of the Penn Law Schoolâs Golkin Hall from 2 to 6:45 p.m.
CASI was founded in 1992, by Francine Frankel, a political science professor at Penn, one year after India launched its historic economic reforms. Today, it is recognized as a national resource, addressing the urgent need for objective knowledge of Indiaâs rapidly changing society, politics and economy and the forces and processes behind them.
âPennâs Center for the Advanced Study of India is a star in the firmament of our international outreach,â Penn President Amy Gutmann said. âIt is among the major reasons Penn is so perfectly positioned for collaborative global scholarship."
âAs the only research institution in the U.S. dedicated to studying contemporary India, CASI is a thought leader in providing in-depth, policy-relevant scholarship related to this important nation. The Centerâs interdisciplinary approach reflects the very best of Penn.â
Rebecca Bushnell, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, calls CASI âa vitally important catalyst for scholarship on Indian domestic and foreign policy, political economy and media and communications issuesâ and noted that under the leadership of Devesh Kapur, director of CASI and the Madan Lal Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, âit has become an increasingly important voice in the dialogue among the academic, business and policy communities. We are very proud of CASIâs accomplishments.â
âOur anniversary symposium will bring the largest number of Government of India officials to Penn for one event for the first time,â Kapur said.
Guest speakers from New Delhi will include senior representatives and advisors to the Indian government as well as leaders from Indiaâs business community. In addition to providing perspectives on the rapidly changing Indian economy and the challenges of building a more inclusive nation, the symposium will reflect upon the evolution of Indiaâs external relations, including the Indo-U.S. relationship during the last two decades. Penn President Amy Gutmann will conclude the symposium.
A video of the symposium will be posted on CASIâs Web site by Oct. 1: http://casi.ssc.upenn.edu/casi20thanniversary.