UCF Global Perspectives


The India Center

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 Spring 2018 India Fellow is Joseph Behr. He is a Junior at the University of Central Florida pursuing an undergraduate degree in International and Global Studies, with a minor in Russian Studies. He is a member of the Russian Club and works at the United States Tennis Association. His research interests include international politics, causes of war and military strategy. Upon graduation, he plans on pursuing a full time job in the intelligence community. A student of Russian, Behr has traveled throughout Europe and East Asia. To learn about other fellows and scholars, click here.