"I believe that writing is, above everything else, an act of creating or shaping public consciousness....Fiction writing is an attempt to ... depict the so-called small people, the unimportant people, in their complexity, and to engender empathy among people," said Manjushree Thapa, 2014 Tagore Lecturer,discussing her new novel.

The Cornell University South Asia Program recently received substantial funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  With our consortial partner, the Syracuse University South Asia Center, we have again been funded as a South Asia National Resource Center (NRC), and awarded Title VI funding to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students. The Cornell-Syracuse NRC is one of 6 South Asia NRCs funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the years 2014-2018.

The Rabindranath Tagore Endowment in Modern Indian Literature was established in May 1999 thanks to the generous support of Professor Emeritus Narahari Umanath Prabhu and his wife Mrs. Suman (Sumi) Prabhu.  Professor and Mrs. Prabhu sought to honor Rabindranath Tagore, a celebrated literatus and musician, one of the great luminaries of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Two distinguished scholars, Professor James W. Gair of Cornell University and Professor W.S. Karunatillake of Kelaniya University, worked together to promote the understanding and study of Sinhala and South Asian linguistics for nearly five decades, from 1965 until Professor Karunatillake’s untimely death in 2012.

The following are potential overseas research opportunities available to interested students:

The Cornell-Nepal Study Program (CNSP) is a joint venture between Cornell University and Tribhuvan National University of Nepal, with the independent field research project as its highlight.

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Anthr/Arkeo 2135: Beyond Kings, Palaces and Temples: Archaeology of South Asia (3 credits).  Spring 2015.  Dr. Uthara Suvrathan.