Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs recently announced a partnership with the Administrative Staff College of India that will increase opportunities for the faculty of both institutions and strengthen IU’s presence in that country.
The agreement is the result of months of meetings and a preparatory trip to India last year by IU president Michael A. McRobbie.
IU vice president for International Affairs David Zaret, IU treasurer MaryFrances McCourt and SPEA associate dean David Reingold signed an “Agreement for Scholarly Cooperation” with ASCI director general Siripurapu K. Rao.
The agreement calls for an “exchange of professors and other academic and administrative personnel for lectures and for research projects and for the purpose of discussing questions of mutual cooperation as well as for the joint formation of international seminars.”
Additionally, SPEA in Bloomington, Ind., and ASCI in Hyderabad agree to organize a program on public policy for Indian civil servants and a conference on the management of global cities.
While this is one of the first faculty exchanges between IU and India, Indian nationals make up the third-largest group of international students at IU, with approximately 800 students. The university also has about 2100 alumni who are Indian citizens, including 400 living in India.
Reingold said SPEA adjunct professor Sumit Ganguly, an internationally known Indian American expert on contemporary India and South Asia, and Rajendra Abhyankar, a retired Indian diplomat, played a critical role in arranging the agreement.
Ganguly holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and is a professor of political science at IU. Abhyankar is also a SPEA adjunct professor and teaches a course on the art of diplomacy.