Our Vision and Activities
The Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) aims to advance studies in India and South Asia at UBC and beyond, both as a hub and a resource centre for research. The record of CISAR’s activities during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2016 academic years embodies the Centre’s commitment to its vision by presenting learned seminars, lectures and symposiums. A major example is a symposium on the Indian election, which saw participants from India, the USA and Canada in 2014.
The 2015-2016 session has hosted lectures and seminars covering diverse topics, such as political conditions in Afghanistan, post-earthquake reconstruction of Nepal, democracy in Bhutan, micro-credit in Bangladesh, modern Indian art, Goddess Sarasvati. Through these scholarly meetings the Centre has continued to serve its goal to bring together members of UBC involved in studies of the Indian sub-continent.
The Centre is particularly enthusiastic about the recently launched Himalayan Programme at UBC and is actively supporting it. Also supported are meetings of discussion groups formed by graduate students studying South Asia. Going beyond UBC, CISAR has drawn to it with considerable success the larger community at academic and social events, such as CISAR’s annual Open House and the Nehru Jayanti, a particularly well-attended event being a workshop on Marathi identity in the diaspora.
CISAR’s inclusiveness in promoting a wide range of disciplines is reflected in its executive committee, formed with faculty members from the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Business School and the Science Faculty. Active engagements with the Asia Pacific Foundation and the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute to remain strong.
Please click here to view the 2015/16 Annual Report in full.