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A National Resource Center on historical and contemporary South Asia
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The South Asia Program (SAP) serves as an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. SAP has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title VI, South Asia National Resource Center (NRC), one of just eight NRCs in the U.S. 

Our mission is to:

  • Offer a comprehensive curriculum of undergraduate and graduate education on historical and contemporary South Asia
  • Enable the circulation of ideas among an international community of South Asia scholars
  • Encourage connections among faculty and students from South Asian institutions and Cornell
  • Provide exposure to South Asia among a wider public through lecture series, conferences, exhibitions, publications, and performances
  • Mobilize resources at Cornell and externally, to support these efforts

SAP has more than 50 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and schools, working in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We offer eleven South Asian languages: Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.

SAP supports the Office of the Vice-Provost for International Affairs' efforts to expand multicultural knowledge and international understanding across the Cornell community. SAP facilitates campus activities about South Asia and promotes overseas learning opportunities. SAP does not offer any degrees or certificates, although we support undergraduate South Asian Studies majors and minors in the Department of Asian Studies, and graduate students throughout the campus.

SAP sponsors a weekly seminar series with presentations by world-class scholars. We also host an annual conference and co-sponsor workshops and conferences organized by Cornell faculty and students. We partner with student organizations to bring South Asian cultural and performance events to campus—to enrich the Cornell and surrounding communities. Our outreach program provides training on South Asia to educators at the K-12, community college, and university levels.