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New Chair in Indian Studies Established by India’s Ministry of Culture

Dean Martha Roth and Joint Secretary in India's Ministry of Culture Sanjiv Mittal

Thanks to a $1.5 million gift from India’s Ministry of Culture, the University of Chicago has established a new chair in Indian Studies commemorating the legacy of the Hindu spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda. The Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professorship will be given to distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines with an interest in the fields of study most relevant to the teachings and philosophies of the Swami, such as Indian philosophy, politics and social movements. The professorship, which the Division of the Humanities will administer, includes a teaching commitment as well as an annual public lecture.

From the University News Office:

“The Ministry’s generous support will allow us to expand on the University’s tradition of rigorous scholarship in Indian studies,” said University President Robert J. Zimmer. “This pledge, as well as the upcoming visit from Indian leaders, stand as a testament to the importance of the relationship between the University of Chicago and India, and the mutual commitment to scholarship.”

Read the University News Office story here.

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