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Academic Institutions around the World, connected to research on South Asia


Institutions in Sweden 

Swedish Institutions and Departments engaged in research related to South Asia

SASNET at Lund University, Lund

Utrikespolitiska Institutet, Stockholm

Swedish Institute/Young Connectors of the Future programme, Stockholm

Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, ACSIS. National centre for transnational cultural studies established in 2002 as an independent unit within Linköping University (administratively connected to the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, ISAK). National resource for exchange between disciplines, universities, countries and intellectual currents, striving to develop diversified networking between Swedish cultural research and the transnational field of cultural studies.

Institute for Future StudiesStockholm

International Foundation for ScienceStockholm

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Scientific, technical and awareness-building organization that contributes to international efforts to combat the escalating global water crisis, Stockholm

Uppsala Center for Sustainable Development (UCHU), consisting of three units: • The Baltic University Programme (BUP), • The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) and • Collegium for Development Studies (Collegium), organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University as a joint centre for Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Scxiences (SLU) in Uppsala.

Dag Hammarskjöld FoundationUppsala

Links to all Swedish universities (INETMEDIA.nu)

Scholarly associations and networks focused on South Asia 

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), consortium of twenty-five American institutions of higher education involved in research on Pakistan. Based at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin in Madison.

AIBSAmerican Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), consortium of 18 U.S. Institutions of Higher Education involved in research on Bangladesh. AIBS also offers intensive beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction in Bangla language during the academic year at its facilities in Dhaka on the campus of Independent University, Bangladesh, located in Baridhara.

Asian Borderlands Research Network, hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands

Asian Studies Association of Australia, ASAA

Asia-Pacific Mountain Network, (APMN). Regional network of the International Mountain Forum, besides being a part of the knowledge network of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS). Started in 1964 with a conference in the University of Leeds. Organizes seminars and workshops in the field of Commonwealth Literature through its several regional charters.

 Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studes

Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Secretariat in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Founded in 1941, this is the largest society of its kind, with approximately 7,000 members worldwide, a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia.

 South Asia Council (SAC), one of four regional councils operating within AAS.

BASASBritish Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS). Merged with the Society for South Asian Studies in 2007.
Linked to the Royal Asiatic Society in London.

 Indology: Resources for Indological Scholarship

Central & Eastern European Network of Indian Studies (CEENIS), Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw

Danish Society for Central Asia, non-profit, non-governmental organization formed in 2005 aimed at promoting the interest in, research on, and knowledge of Central Asia in its broadest sense. The area covered by the Society includes Afghanistan and the northern provinces of Pakistan.

Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA), German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo, Japan

European Alliance for Asian StudiesEuropean Alliance for Asian Studies, co-operative framework of some leading European institutes specializing in Asian Studies established in 1997. The partner institutions are: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen University; International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University; The Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Sciences-Po University, Paris; European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels; Centro de Estudios de Asia Oriental (CEAO), Madrid; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London;and GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg.
Previously, a Swedish partner was also included – the now defunct Swedish School of Advanced Asia-Pacific Studies (SSAAPS). Till 2007 the European Alliance for Asian Studies focused exclusively on East and South-East Asia. Since then it has opened up for India and Pakistan, but still excludes the rest of South Asia in its activities.
Together with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore, the European Alliance for Asian Studies invites applications for funding workshops through the so-called Asia-Europe Workshop Series. This is a way to stimulate innovative research on contemporary topics of interregional and multilateral importance to both Asia and Europe. The programme is open for researchers in the 43 so-called ASEM countries (including India and Pakistan). More information.

European Association for Central Asian Studies, EACAS. Secretariat at the Dept. of Oriental Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. EACAS defines the geographic domain of Central Asia to include the northern parts of Afghanistan.


European Association for South Asian Studies, EASAS

Föreningen för Orientaliska studier, Stockholm University, Sweden

Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG), set up in 2002 by Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, and University of Western Australia in Perth. Organises conferences and coordinates scholarly research, with due emphasis on its policy relevance, which may assist in realizing peace, cooperation and ecologically sustainable development in the Indian Ocean region.

International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), Brighton, UK

International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS)

International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS)

International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine

Institute for Interreligious Studies (Interreligiöse Arbeitsstelle INTR°A), Nachrodt, Germany. Association of European educationalists, theologians, teachers, economists and other interested people who want to promote interfaith dialogue through encounters and publications.

JP-SAS, Japanese Network for South Asian Studies, Gifu Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan

Nordic Centre in India, run by a Consortium consisting of a large number of institutions of learning and research in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, offering accommodation in New Delhi.

Religion in South Asia Section (RISA) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Society for South Asian Studies, UK

South Asian Studies Association of Australia, Armidale. Publishes since 1971 the magazine ”South Asia. Journal of South Asian Studies”.

South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion (SSEASR), New Delhi, India

Sällskapet för Asienstudier, Uppsala University, Sweden (non-active academic association)

Institutions worldwide 


Aalborg University

Aalborg Center for TeleInfraStruktur, coordinating the EC funded ”Erasmus Mundus Mobility for Life” consortium (EMECW lot 11 South Asia Regional, 2008), formed by 8 universities in Europe, and 11 universitites in Asia (Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Asian University for Women, and Chittagong University, Bangladesh; Royal University of Bhutan; Institute of Engineering at Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Mehran University of Engineering & Technology in Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan; Kabul University, Afghanistan; University of Calcutta, and Sinhgad Institute of Technology in Lona, Maharashtra, India; Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; and Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand). Project completed.

Aarhus University

 Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA), Institute of History and Area Studies (IHO). Inaugurated in February 2010, it is one of the India-EU Study Centres Programme (IESCP) that was initiated by the European Commission in 2008

 Department of Anthropology and Ethnography, Institute for Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics, Moesgård

 Danish Pluralism Project, Centre for Multireligious Studies, Faculty of Theology

 Department of East Asian Studies (including South Asian Studies), Institute of History and Area Studies

University of Copenhagen

‡ Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), joint initiative by the Faculties of Social Sciences and the Humanities

‡ Centre of Global South Asian Studies

– The Danish Network for Pakistan Studies

‡ Institute of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences

‡ Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities.
Includes the Asian Section; the Carsten Niebuhr Section; the Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies; and History of Religions Section

DDRN Danish Development Research Network (DDRN), Department of Geography and Geology. Network launched in 2007 after a merge between the Research Network for Environment and Development (ReNED), the Research Network for Governance, Economic Policy and Public Administration (GEPPA), and the Danish Network for Agricultural Research for Development (NETARD). The networks gathers more than 2000 researchers and practictioners from Denmark and many other countries around the globe..

‡ Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP)

‡ Department of Public Health

‡ Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)

 Support Program for Asian Studies, SUPRA

 Asian Century Research School, ACRSN, initiated in 2005. Aimed at strengthening the Nordic Asian studies environment by facilitating new and innovative research fields as well as high quality research (PhD) training. Facilitating the creation of a number of research clusters, such as:

 Gendering Asia Network

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

‡ Asia Research Centre

‡ Department of International Economics and Management

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen

‡ Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU)

Roskilde University (RUC)

‡ Doctoral School of Society and Globalisation


University of Bergen

‡ Department of the History of Religions, Institute of Classics, Russian and the History of Religions (IKRR)

‡ Unifob Global (Global Research at the University of Bergen)

Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen

 Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning (NFU)

 South Asia Development Studies

University of Oslo

‡ Nettverk for Asiastudier (Network for Asian Studies)

‡ Norsk Forum for Sør-Asia (NoFSA)

‡ Institute of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS)

‡ Institute for Archaeology, Conservation and Historical Studies (IAKH)

‡ Centre for Development and Environment (SUM), University of Oslo

 Norwegian Network for Asian Studies (Nettverk for Asiastudier), Norwegian research network for the study and research about the Asian region, located at SUM.

‡ Network for Research and Evaluation on Education and Development (NETREED)

‡ Cultural Complexity in the New Norway, Strategic research programme, University of Oslo. Interdisciplinary research programme involving five faculties, established in 2004.

Oslo University College

KULTURSTUDIER‡ KULTURSTUDIER (Culture Studies). Organisation run by a group of social scientists and humanists, providing the opportunity to combine studies of high academic standard in an environment that offers great learning experiences in third world countries, including India.

 Peace and Conflict Studies programme in Pondicherry, India

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo 

 Department of Security and Conflict Management

International Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo

Tromsø University

 Centre for Environment and Development Studies (SEMUT)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim

 Programme for Development Cooperation

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås 

 Department of International Environment and Development Studies (NORAGRIC)


University of Helsinki

‡ Department of World Cultures. Launched on 1 January 2010, comprising four former departments (Institute for Asian and African Studies, the Dept. of Classical Philology, the Renvall Institute and the Dept. of Comparative Religion.

 South Asian Studies

‡ Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

‡ Institute of Development Studies

World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University, (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki

Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi, Åbo/Turku


Asíuver Íslands, ASÍS (The Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies), University of Akureyri


Scottish Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of Aberdeen 

Brittish Association for Pakistan StudiesBath College of Higher Education

University of Bath

‡ Centre for Development Studies (CDS)

‡ Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD). Multidisciplinary research group at CDS, funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Research is carried out in four developing countries, among them Bangladesh, where collaboration is ongoing with:
• The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
• The Institute for Development Policy Analysis and Advocacy, PROSHIKA; and
• The Social and Behavioural Sciences Unit, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B Centre for Health & Population Research.

‡ Department of Economics and International Development (DEID)

University of Bradford

‡ British Association for South Asian Studies, BASAS

‡ South Asian Strategic Stability Unit (SASSU), Dept. of Peace Studies

University of Sussex, Brighton

‡ Culture Development and Environment Centre (CDE)/Development Studies

‡ Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation & Poverty
‡ Centre for Poverty and Inequality Research
‡ Sussex Centre for Migration Research
‡ Centre for World Environmental History

‡ Institute of Development Studies, (IDS), University of Sussex

Centre for Buddhist Studies, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

‡ Centre of South Asian Studies

‡ South Asian Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Queen’s College

‡ Digital Himalaya

South Asian Studies at Duke UniversityDurham

Centre for South Asian Studies, School of Social & Political Studies, University of EdinburghAKU

Afghanistan Music Unit (AMU), Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), London. From its London campus, AKU-ISMC offers a two-year, full-time Master’s degree in Muslim Cultures. More information (as a pdf-file)

Department of Asia, British Museum, London 

Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), London 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

 Centre of South Asian Studies

 SOAS Language Centre. Offers courses in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, and Urdu

In September 2013 SASNET/Lars Eklund visited SOAS, read report here.

Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. The Centre has been a hub of activity for the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM).

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

 Asia Research Centre

 Development Studies Institute (DESTIN),

 Crisis States Research Centre. Established in 2001 with the support of the Dept for International Development (DFID) of the UK government, initially to undertake research on ”Crisis and Breakdown in the Developing World”.

Institute of Ismaili StudiesLondon. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan to promote scholarship and learning on Islam, with an emphasis on Shi‘ism in general and its Ismaili tariqah in particular.

International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), London

Asia Research Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs/Chatham House, London

Overseas Development InstituteLondon. Britain’s leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), founded and grant-aided by the British Academy, London 

Area Panel for South Asia, British AcademyLondon

India Media Centre, School of Media, Arts and Design (MAD), University of Westminster, London

Centre for Applied South Asian Studies (CASAS), Manchester

University of Manchester

 South Asian Studies, School of Arts, Histories & Cultures

 Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World (STIMW), Dept. of Religions and Theology

 Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI)

Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes

School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich

 International Development UEA, charitable company wholly owned by the University of East Anglia, managing the research, training and consultancy activities undertaken by faculty members of the School of Development Studies

Oxford UniversityUniversity of Oxford

‡ Department of International Development/Queen Elizabeth House

– Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE)
– International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall (IGS)
– International Migration Institute (IMI)
– Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
– Refugee Studies Centre (RSC)
– Young Lives Research Centre

‡ Bodleian Library (incl. Department of Oriental Collections/Indian Institute Library)

‡ Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

‡ Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) – previously Oxford Centre for Vaishnava and Hindu Studies.

‡ South and Inner Asia Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies

‡ Contemporary South Asia Studies Programme, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

‡ South Asian Studies Programme, Asian Studies Centre, S:t Anthony’s College

‡ South Asian Studies – School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

Asia-Pacific Population Research in Ageing (APPRA), Oxford Institute of Ageing

Institute of JainologyPerivale, Greenford, Middlesex

Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department (AERDD), University of Reading

Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK), Southampton 


College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences/Study of Religions, University College of Cork (UCC)
Lectureship position established in 2011 for study of Contemporary South Asian Religions

Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University. The institute aims to support collaboration in education, research and knowledge exchange between India and Ireland.


Amsterdam School of Social Science ResearchAmsterdam

India InstituutIndia InstituutAmsterdam

Royal Tropical InstituteAmsterdam

SEPHIS, South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development, Amsterdam

Transnational InstituteAmsterdam

International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede

Institute of Indian StudiesGroningen

Institute of Social StudiesThe Hague

Clingendael Asia Studies (CAS), Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, The Hague

Leiden University

‡ International Institute of Asian Studies, IIAS

‡ Kern Institute (Department of Languages and Cultures of South and Central Asia)

International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden. Established in 1998 by the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University, and the Radboud University Nijmegen

Centre for International Development Issues; Radboud University, Nijmegen (till September 2004 called Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen)

Research school CERESUtrecht. Unites development related research in six Dutch academic institutions – Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Agricultural University of Wageningen, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Free University (Amsterdam), and the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.


United Nations University; Comparative Regional Integration StudiesBruges

European Institute for Asian StudiesBrussels

Ghent University

‡ Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap

‡ Centre of Jaina Studies, Dept. of Languages and Cultures

‡ Department of Third World Studies


Société d’Activité et de Recherche sur les mondes Indiens (SARI), University of Cergy-Pontoise

UFR Langues et Cultures Antiques, Université Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille

d.u. de langue initiation sanskrit et civilisation indienne, Université de Lyon

Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS), Paris

École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Paris

 EFEO Centre in Pondicherry, India

 EFEO Centre in Pune, India

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris

Sciences Po – Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

‡ Centre for Asia and the Pacific

‡ Center for International Studies and Research (CERI)

École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), University of Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

 Research group on Iranian and Indian Worlds

 La Section des sciences historiques et philologique

Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Delhi, India 

French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), India. Research center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carries out research expertise and training missions in South and South-East Asia in the fields of Indology, Social Sciences and Ecology.

Milieux, Societes et Cultures en Himalaya (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/CNRS Himalaya Research Group), Villejuif Cedex


Asienkunde Hamburg

Arbeitskreis Asiatische Religionsgeschichte der Deutschen Vereinigung für Religionsgeschichte, AKAR, Universität Bayreuth

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

‡ Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

 Seminar für Südasien-Studien / South Asia Studies Seminar


 Humboldt India Project. Bringing together the South Asia competence of the Humboldt University

Freie Universität, Berlin

          ‡ Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies), Berlin

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

‡ Institut für Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik

‡ Seminar für Orientalistik und Islamwissenschaften

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität)

‡ Indologisches Seminar

‡ International Association for Ladakh studies (IALS)

‡ Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte

Asienhaus Essen – Zentrum für Information und BegegnungEssen

Orientalisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg 


 Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

– Dept. of Modern Indian History
– Dept. of Indian Economic Development (established in 2010)
– Dept. of Indian Religions
– Dept. of Society and Culture of Modern India 
– Dept. of Anthropology of Public Health, with a regional focus on South Asia 

 Seminar für Indologie und Buddhismuskunde

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

 Seminar für Indologie, Institut für Altertumswissenschaften (Science of Antiquity)

 South Asia Seminar, Orientalisches Institut

GIGA Institute for Asian Studies (IAS), German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg

GIGA Institute for Middle East StudiesHamburg (includes research on Afghanistan and Pakistan)

Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Universität Hamburg

‡ Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (NGMPP)
‡ Nepal Research Centre (NRC, Kathmandu)

‡ Centre for Tantric Studies

 Center for Buddhist Studies


‡ South Asia Institute

 Department of Anthropology
 Department of Development Economics
 Department of International Economics (Internationale Wirtschafts- und Entwicklungspolitik)
 Department of Geography
 Department of History
 Department of Classical Indology
 Department of Modern South Asian Studies (Languages and Literatures) (Abteilung Moderne Indologie)
 Department of Political Science

 South Asia Institute, New Delhi Branch Office
 South Asia Institute, Sri Lanka Office
 South Asia Institute, Kathmandu Office

‡ ”Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” Cluster of Excellence

Seminar für Orientalistik, Abt. Indologie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Institut für Indologie und Tamilistik, Universität zu Köln

Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften, Universität Leipzig

Institut für Indologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

Department of Indology and Tibetology, Philipps-Universität Marburg 

Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Department für Asienstudien, Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The Study India Certificate, Universität Münster

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam 

Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

‡ Abteilung für Ethnologie (Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)

‡ Abteilung Indologie und Vergleichende Religionswissenschaft

‡ Abteilung für Orient- und Islamwissenschaft

KNOTEN WEIMAR (International Transfer Centre Environmental Technology), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar


NCCRNCCR (National Centres of Competence in Research) North-South, innovative research programme in the fields of global change and sustainable development, jointly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography, University of Bern.

‡ NCCR North-South South Asia Regional Coordination OfficeKathmandu, Nepal

‡ NCCR Nepal Research Group, partner of NCCR N-S, Kathmandu

‡ NCCR Pakistan Research Group, partner of NCCR N-S, Islamabad

Afghanistan InstitutBubendorf

Graduate Institute of International and Development StudiesGeneva. Created in 2008 by the merger of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Europe’s oldest institute of international studies (founded in 1927), and the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, one of Europe’s first institutes devoted to the study of development (founded in 1961).

International Environmental Law Research CentreGeneva. Independent, non-profit research organisation that also has an office in New Delhi, India

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva

Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Université de Lausanne

Universität Zürich 

 Department of Geography

 Development Study Group (DSGZ)

 Human Geography Unit

‡ Department of Comparative Linguistics (Indology)

‡ University Priority Research Programme ”Asia and Europe”


University of Vienna

‡ Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS)
CIRDIS is linked with the interdisciplinary programme for primary research on “The Cultural History of the Western Himalaya from the 8th Century” (CHWH), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

‡ Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde (ISTB)

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna


Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Orientali, Università degli studi di Bologna

Indological section, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, University of Milan

Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’OrienteRome

Il Dipartimento di Studi Orientali, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Rome

Cesmeo Istituto Internazionale di Studi Asiatici Avanzati, Università degli Studi di Torino

Società Indologica ”Luigi Pio Tessitori”Udine University


Centro de Estudios de Asia, Universidad de Valladolid


Department of Anthropology, Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (IUL), Lisbon.
Runs an Master in Indian Studies programme in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and Brown University, USA. More information.


Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development (ELINEPA), Athens


Institute of South and Central Asia, Faculty of Arts, Univerzita Karlova, Prague

 Seminar of Indian Studies

‡ Pandanus Homepage. Database of Indian Plant Names; Sanskrit e-texts; and Conference publications.

Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague


Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapest

 Department of Indo-European Studies. Established already in 1873 with a strong focus on Indology.


Alexander Csoma de Körös Centre for Oriental Studies, Sapientia, Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda). No working link (2014)


Department of Indology, Institute of Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow 

Department of South Asian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan

Institute of Oriental StudiesWarsaw University

Department of Ethnology, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw


Centre of Oriental StudiesVilnius University


Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS)

 Institute of World Economy and International RelationsMoscow

 Department of South and Southwest Asia, Kunstkamera
(Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography), Saint Petersburg new

Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University


Department of Indology and Far Eastern Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University


Department of African and Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana


Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa

Institute of Asian & African Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


CAORCAmerican Overseas Research Centers, non-governmental institutions regarded by their host countries as the official arm of American higher learning, based at Washington D.C. Here a list of the South Asia Centers:

– American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS), Boston University, Massachussetts
– American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), Ithaca, New York
– American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), University of Chicago, Illinois
– American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
– American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS), Belmont, Massachussetts

Center in Developing Status:
– Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS), Dept. of Anthropology, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Nepal Study Center, Department of Economics, University of New MexicoAlbuquerque

University of MichiganAnn Arbor

‡ Center for South Asian Studies

‡ Association for Asian Studies

‡ Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory CollegeAtlanta, Georgia

University of TexasAustin

‡ Department of South Asian Studies

‡ South Asia Institute, housing the US National Resource Center for South Asia

‡ Hindi Urdu Flagship, undergraduate program designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts.

University of California, Berkeley

‡ Center for South Asia Studies

‡ Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Department of Asian and Asian American StudiesBinghamton University, New York State

India Studies Program, at Indiana UniversityBloomington

Center for Asian StudiesUniversity of Colorado at Boulder

Project South AsiaProject South AsiaSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookings. Web-based digital library for improving the study and teaching of South Asia, focusing especially on India and Pakistan.

Asian Studies ProgramUniversity of Buffalo, New York State

Asian Studies ProgramUniversity of VermontBurlington

Harvard UniversityCambridge, Massachusetts

 Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), Harvard Divinity School

 Department of South Asian Studies

 Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

 Pluralism Project, Committee on the Study of Religion

 Harvard Global Health Institute

MIT India Technology Education ProgrammeCambridge, Massachusetts

NCCSASUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (NCCSAS), interinstitutional research center supported
also by Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

‡ Department of Asian Studies

‡ Department of Linguistics (Sanskrit studies)

University of VirginiaCharlottesville

 Center for South Asian Studies

 Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (AMELC)

University of Chicago, Illinois

 American Institute of Indian Studies. Nearly 80 American colleges and universities support research in India as members of the American Institute of Indian Studies (see the list of universities)

 Archive and Research Center for Ethnomusicology, Gurgaon, India
 Center for Art and Archeology, Gurgaon, India

 Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

 South Asia Language and Area Center

 Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, organisation founded in 2008 to promote scholarship on the history of the South Asian region in the United States

Asian Studies, Department of HistoryLoyola University, Chicago

India Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, State University of Cleveland, Ohio

South and Southeast Asia Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program (AMES), Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire

University of CaliforniaDavis (UC Davis)

‡ Middle East/South Asia Studies Program new

‡ Department of Religious Studies,

Global Studies ProgramOakton Community CollegeDes Plaines, Illinois. Oakton has received the prestigious and highly competitive Title 6A: Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for two years beginning August 2009. The grant will bring over $125,000 to the College to develop curriculum, along with student and faculty international opportunities related to South Asia. Oakton will also develop courses for Hindi and Urdu languages.

NCCSASDuke UniversityDurham, North Carolina

 North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (NCCSAS), interinstitutional research center supported also by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Secretariat located at Duke University.

Asian/Pacific StudiesElon UniversityElon, North Carolina

Muktabodha Indological Research InstituteEmeryville, California

Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra)University of FloridaGainesville

Asian Studies programRowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey

Asian Studies DepartmentFurman UniversityGreenville, South Carolina

Sikh Studies Program, Hofstra UniversityHempstead, New York State

Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global NonviolenceJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburg, Virginia

Center for South Asian StudiesUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu

Chao Center for Asian StudiesRice University, Houston

Department of Asian and Slavic LanguagesUniversity of IowaIowa City

Center for Asian StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvin 

Academy of Bangla Arts & CultureIrving, Texas

South Asia ProgramCornell UniversityIthaca, New York

Project South AsiaMissouri Southern State CollegeJoplin

University of CaliforniaLos Angeles (UCLA)

‡ Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA International Institute. Opened on 1 July 2005, headed by Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam.

‡ Graduate Programme in South Asian History

Center for Religion & SpiritualityLoyola Marymount UniversityLos Angeles, California

Madison WisconsinUniversity of WisconsinMadison

 Center for South Asia

 Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia

 South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

M.K. Gandhi Institute for NonviolenceMemphis, Tennessee

Florida International University, Miami

 Asian Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs

 Department of Religious Studies

– Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship of Jain Studies. Established in April 2010

South Asian StudiesMiddlebury College, Vermont

Department of Asian Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis 

South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies at Yale, Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies/Indic Studies ProgramChristopher Newport UniversityNewport News, Virginia

Afghanistan Reconstruction Project, Center on International Cooperation, New York University

Columbia UniversityNew York

 Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)

 South Asia Institute, School of International and Public Affairs

India China InstituteThe New School UniversityNew York
Fosters collaborative research and institutional and personal connections between USA, India and China. Organises joint trilateral course at The New School, Yunnan University, and University of Calcutta.

Center for Afghanistan StudiesUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha.

University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

‡ Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

– University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), New Delhi – non-profit research organization being CASI’s counterpart institution in India, established in 1997.

‡ Department of South Asia Studies

‡ South Asia Center (National Resource Center for the Study of South Asia)

Institute for Afghan StudiesPhoenix, Arizona

Asian Studies Center (ASC), Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

‡ Center for the Performing Arts of India

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS), Portland University, Oregon

Asian Studies Program, Vassar CollegePoughkeepsie, New York State

Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode Island

‡ Asian Religious Traditions (ART), Department of Religious Studies

‡ Sanskrit Programme, Department of Classics

Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers

Religious Studies Department, University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara

‡ Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies

‡ Buddhist Studies

American Institute of Vedic StudiesSanta Fe, New Mexico

University of WashingtonSeattle

‡ South Asia Center

‡ Department of Asian Languages and Literature

Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (including South Asian Language and Culture), Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri new

Bishembarnath Mattoo and Sheela Mattoo Center for India StudiesState University of New YorkStony Brook, NY

Syracuse University South Asia CenterSyracuse, New York

Asian Studies ProgramFlorida State UniversityTallahassee 

Center for Asian ResearchArizona State University in Tempe 

Critical Languages Center, Modern Languages & Classics DepartmentUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosa 

South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

 South Asian Collection, Asian LibraryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John W. Kluge Center at the Library of CongressWashington, DC

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Community College Humanities Association (CCHA)Washington, DC

 NEH/CCHA Summer Institute in India – The Cultural and Historical Development of Modern India

Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins UniversityWashington, D.C

George Washington UniversityWashington D.C.

 Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs

– The Rising Powers Initiative, research project consisting of two major projects, ”Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Exploring Foreign Policy Debates Abroad” and ”Power and Identity in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation.”

– India Initiative

South Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington D.C. Bipartisan, nonprofit organization conducting research and analysis and developing policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.

United States Institute of PeaceWashington D.C. Includes an Afghanistan Working Group, chaired by Dr. Barnett R. Rubin

United States Educational Foundation in India, USEFI (The Fulbright Commission). Established under a bilateral agreement on educational exchange signed between India and the U.S. in 1950, with offices in ChennaiDelhiKolkata and Mumbai.

Asian Studies MajorWilliam Paterson UniversityWayne, New Jersey

Asian Studies ProgramPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette, Indiana

Department of Asian StudiesClark UniversityWorcester, Massachusetts


Centre for Indo Canadian Studies (CICS), University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia

School for International StudiesSimon Fraser UniversityBurnaby, British Columbia

Shastri Indo-Canadian InstituteCalgary, Alberta

McGill University, Montreal

‡ Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

‡ Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy and cultures of the lands and peoples touching the Indian Ocean World – from Africa to the Middle East, India, Indonesia and Australia to China.

Concordia UniversityMontreal

 Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA), national voluntary, non-profit organization which seeks to expand and disseminate knowledge about Asia in Canada.

 Chair in Hindu Studies, Department of Religion

Religious StudiesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoon

Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto

Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR)University of British ColumbiaVancouver

Asian Studies CentreUniversity of ManitobaWinnipeg


Centro de Estudios de Asia y África (CEAA), Colegio de México, Pedregal de Santa Teresa


University of New England Asia Centre (UNEAC)Armidale, New South Wales

ANU College of Asia and the PacificAustralian National University (ANU), Canberra

‡ Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

‡ Crawford School of Economics and Government

‡ Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies

– Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC)

Asian Studies at La Trobe UniversityMelbourne, Victoria

Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

‡ National Centre for South Asian Studies
‡ South Asia Research Network (SARN)

Department of Indian Sub-Continental StudiesSydney University

India Research Centre at Macquarie UniversitySydney.
Inaugurated on 16–17 November 2010. The Centre also hosts a new Tagore Chair in Art and Culture funded by the Government of India.

Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network (IOSARN), University of Technology (UTS), Sydney

Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, New South Wales


New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Launched on 18 March 2009

New Zealand India Research Institute, Wellington new



Asian Institute of TechnologyBangkok. Established in 1959, promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach.

Indian Studies Program of Pridi Banomyong International College (PBIC), Thammasat University, Bangkok new

Sanskrit Studies Centre, Dept. of Oriental Languages, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok 


Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Inaugurated on 11 August 2009.


Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS), Gifu Women’s University, Gifu-Shi 

Center for Contemporary India Studies, Hiroshima University new

Center for the Study of Contemporary India, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University new

Centre for Contemporary India Area Studies at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka new

Center for the Study of Contemporary India, Ryukoku University new

Department of Indology and History of Indian Buddhism, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, Sendai

Center for Indian Studies, University of Tokyo new

Center for the Study of Contemporary IndiaTokyo University of Foreign Studies new

Research Institute for the Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University


Centre For Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong


Department of Indian and ASEAN Studies, Graduate school of international and area studies, Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul