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India Initiatives

George Mason University’s (Mason) interests in India are manifold. India is the world’s largest democracy and of enormous importance on the world stage. The Washington Metropolitan area has the nation’s fourth-largest concentration of residents of Indian heritage. Efforts include initiatives to serve that community and to create and leverage collaborations with Indian diplomatic and business leaders, and to form strategic partnerships with Indian institutions of higher education. Mason students may choose from India-related courses, such as art history, history, religion, community and global health, sociology and anthropology.  The Mason community may also participate in numerous India-related activities on campus, such as lectures and exhibits. Through the India Advisory Committee, formed in 2011, Mason seeks to expand faculty with expertise in India, course offerings, research opportunities, and study abroad opportunities to provide our students with greater depth of knowledge regarding Indian history and culture, government and business. India is already the highest country of origin for Mason’s international students.  The Indian Student Association is one of many international student associations in this thriving international community.

George Mason University was chosen by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to participate in the 2012 India Initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). Mason was one of eleven colleges and universities throughout the United States chosen to participate in the program. The effort, led by Mason’s Office of Global Strategy, resulted in an India Strategic Plan.

Mason’s Faculty Advisor for India Programs is Dr. Robert DeCaroli ( Dr. DeCaroli is also chair of the India Advisory Committee.

Upcoming Events

More events to be announced soon!

Recent Events (Sponsored by Global Strategy and the India Advisory Committee)

December 13, 2013 – February 4, 2014. Office of Global and International Strategies and its India Advisory Committee sponsored and hosted a unique exhibit of maps, paintings, and photographs entitled Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers. The exhibit traces the diaspora of African slaves, merchants, and royals through India and accentuates the deep cultural ties that developed over five centuries of trade and exploration, war and peace.

Africans in India Exhibit: Now through February 4th

January 30, 2013. The Office of Global Strategies hosted Dr. Jane Hooper, Assistant Professor of History/Art History, lectured on the Africans in India art exhibit which included maps, paintings, and photographs entitled Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers.

November 21, 2013. The India Advisory Committee co-sponsored a lecture hosted by the Department of English, “(Post) World Literature: A Comparatist’s View from a (Post) Colony” by Professor Ipshita Chanda, India Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair of India Studies at Georgetown University.

April 30, 201 3. The Office of Global and International Strategies and India Advisory Committee hosted a special lecture by Her Excellency, Nirupama Rao, India Ambassador to Washington, DC. Ambassador Rao spoke on “India Today – The Aspirations, Expectations and Challenges of the Next Decade” in the Meese Room in Mason Hall. Prior to the lecture she met with President Cabrera and Provost Stearns. A luncheon with the Provost and Advisory Committee followed the lecture.

Ambassador Rao with India Advisory Committee

Ambassador Rao with India Advisory Committee

April 15th, 2012. The Office of Global and International Strategies and the India Advisory Committee hosted a special lecture in Mason Hallby Dr. Debra Diamond, Associate Curator for South and Southeast Asian Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.  Dr. Diamond spoke on “Yoga in Mughal Painting: New Thoughts on Transcultural Processes,” related to the Sackler exhibition, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation”.  A reception preceded the presentation.

Debra Diamond at lecturn with art photos

Debra Diamond, Curator at Sackler Gallery









Other Recent Events Related to India

February 8th, 2014. Mason Hosts First Intercollegiate Indian Dance Challenge.