The University of Chicago opened a major new academic center in New Delhi today, supporting opportunities for collaboration among scholars and students from India and Chicago across academic disciplines.
The Hon. Nancy Powell, U.S. Ambassador to India, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as part of a weekend-long celebration that also included academic panel discussions among American and Indian scholars, and a gala dinner.
“The opening of the Delhi Center is a very important event for the University of Chicago because of what it represents about our commitment to academic work in India and with India, and because of how it reflects the University’s thinking about the importance of its global activities," University President Robert J. Zimmer said in welcoming remarks Friday. "The University of Chicago has a long and deep connection to India. From the work in India of Suzanne and Lloyd Rudolph, to the work in Chicago in astrophysics and cosmology by the Indian physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago scholars have worked in India and come from India. The opening of the Center in Delhi today marks a new level of commitment to this engagement.”
The Center in Delhi will promote scholarship through three broad programs: business, economics, law, and policy; science, energy, medicine, and public health; and culture, society, religion, and arts.
The Center will be an intellectual destination, enabling the University of Chicago to better support research and scholarship that will benefit faculty, students and society.
The opening celebration began Friday with a panel discussion moderated by Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Distinguished Service Professor of fFinance on leave from from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
The weekend was set to close with a reception in honor of UChicago faculty members Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, and Lloyd I. Rudolph, Professor Emeritus of Political Science. The Rudolph’s will be awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India, at a ceremony on March 31.
Located in the vibrant cultural and commercial district of Connaught Place, the 17,000–square-foot Center will provide space for seminars and conferences as well as faculty offices and study areas. It will host Indian and South Asian students and scholars, serve as a base for UChicago students and faculty working in India and throughout the region, and engage alumni and parents in India and South Asia.
The Center in Delhi is an important addition to UChicago’s international presence. Delhi joins the University’s Center in Beijing, opened in 2010, and the Center in Paris, opened in 2004, in bringing together researchers and students to collaborate across the academic spectrum.
Building on the University’s presence in China, work is also underway on a Center in Hong Kong that will house a University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA program as well as other University programs. The University’s UChicago Research Bangladesh includes medical and research facilities in Dhaka and throughout Bangladesh that serve more than 100,000 people.
The Center in Delhi is a wholly owned foreign enterprise operating under the name of UChicago Center in India Private Limited. The Center in Delhi will not grant degrees.
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