Dr. Mandakranta Bose, Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research:
It has been a privilege for me to serve the Centre for South Asia and India Research for many years and a great personal pleasure to watch it grow through occasionally difficult times. CISAR has succeeded in continuing and furthering the initiatives set in motion at UBC over 50 years ago, which has been possible due to the sustained fidelity to South Asia studies on the part of faculty and students and UBC’s institutional leaders. Currently CISAR is expanding its horizons by forging links with individuals and academic and cultural bodies across Canada as well as major institutions of higher learning in South Asia. Today, CISAR has an assured place on the global map of South Asia and India studies.
Dr. Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research:
As a Pacific Rim university, UBC is fully committed to teaching and promoting research in a wide range of issues dealing with Asia. Pursuing this commitment, UBC has a deep interest in India and South Asia, India having been singled out as one of the top three priorities in UBC’s international strategy. The number of students from South Asia continues to rise, welcomed by UBC and reflecting British Columbia’s longtime links with South Asia. The number of faculty with professional interests in South Asia is also rising, with at least 100 faculty and researchers involved. The Centre for India and South Asia in the Institute of Asian Research, with over 25 years of proud history and a long series of major milestones. It is leading the way with fruitful conferences and workshops, student-led roundtables, path breaking research, and cultural events that actively engage UBC’s students and staff, and British Columbia’s South Asian community. In this enterprise, CISAR serves as a hub in the deepening of human links and scholarly understanding between Canada and South Asia.