The India Center
“Broadening awareness and understanding about India”
The India Center, supported by The India Group Annual Fund and Endowed Fund, The Anil and Chitra Deshpande India Program Endowed Fund and the India Studies Fund of the Global Connections Foundation, was established in 2012. It is housed in the Political Science Department in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida. The Center is overseen by two co-chairs, Dr. Kerstin Hamann, Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Political Science department, and John C. Bersia, who directs the Global Perspectives Office. The Center sponsors or co-sponsors public discussions involving prominent speakers, panels and other meetings; organizes an annual India forum; encourages scholarship and research; provides fellowships for UCF students; promotes academic and professional exchanges with institutions in India; seeks to establish partnerships in India; and works with complementary institutions worldwide to broaden awareness and understanding about India. During its four-year start-up period, the Center was housed in the Global Perspectives Office; in 2016, it moved to the College of Sciences.
Issues for the Center include: Politics (Democracy, U.S.-India Relations and Security); Economics and Business (Trade, Investment and Tourism and Development); Technology and Communication (Research, Innovation and Application); Culture (History, Arts, Music, Religion and Society); and Healthcare (Policy, Alternative Medicine/Treatments and Social Responsibility).
For additional information about the Center, please visit www.TheIndiaCenter.ucf.edu.
The India Fellowship
The India Center at UCF and the Global Perspectives Office at UCF are pleased to provide an opportunity for an outstanding UCF student, undergraduate (at least junior level) or graduate, to serve as an India Fellow. Click here for more information about the fellowship.
The Fall 2017 India Fellow is Stephanie Melendez. She is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies, with a minor in Diversity and Social Inequality. She is a member of the National Organization for Women at UCF and a LEAD Scholar. Her research interests include women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and guerrilla warfare in developing countries. Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing a graduate degree in cultural anthropology. To learn about other fellows and scholars, click here.