The School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at University of Central Florida (UCF) houses the India Centre, which is a premier institution for research on India's significance in the modern world. Through its partnerships with organizations like the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, the Indian American Business Association and Chamber, and other academic institutions, the centre assists faculty members in advancing their research on India.
According to a University press note, the centre collaborates with researchers from a variety of fields, including engineering, philosophy, film, history, and hospitality. Students can enrol in a variety of courses on South Asian politics, history, and culture offered by the centre. An Indian studies certificate, which will be offered in the upcoming years, will teach students about India's growing international influence.
The centre also offers a wealth of materials for learning about Indian history, politics, and technology. Swati Kulkarni, the Indian Consul General in Atlanta, donated more than 200 volumes to the centre in January in honour of India's Republic Day. These books cover Indian art, cuisine, history, language, politics, religion, and yoga.
In order to provide students with educational opportunities, the centre also develops international partnerships with academic institutions. Currently a semester-long exchange program is offered in partnership with the Vellore Institute of Technology in India. The arrangement is the first study abroad program in India sponsored by UCF.
“The U.S. government for the last several years has really emphasized the importance of India,” says Leila Chacko, director of public affairs for the India Center. “The idea for this centre began among local community members, who still support our work today,” she added. “We work hard to establish the centre as the preeminent location in the country to study India’s place in the world today. We envision UCF as the place where community members, organizations, and others can all come together; we can be their unifier.”