South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute


With over 50 faculty members in a dozen schools and departments, the University of Texas at Austin has one of the most distinguished South Asia programs in the country.

The South Asia Institute was established as part of a university initiative to promote South Asian programs, especially those pertaining to contemporary issues, across the entire university and in the larger community. As a National Resource Center for South Asia funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the institute sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia and a weekly South Asia Seminar. The institute also provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to students pursuing graduate degrees relating to South Asia in any department or school of the University. 

Additionally, the Title VI grant also provides resources for outreach programs to K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, business and civic organizations, and the Texas community at large. Another central mission of the Institute is to promote the study of contemporary South Asian languages in cooperation with the Department of Asian Studies and the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program. Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Urdu are currently taught in the department.

The South Asia Initiative underscores the University's commitment to making the University of Texas South Asia program the best in the country within the next several years.

South Asia Institute program at UT Austin
A brief video highlighting the strengths of programs, events, resources offered by the South Asia Institute at UT Austin

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Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka

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Department of Asian Studies

Center for East Asian Studies

Hindi Urdu Flagship Program

University of Texas Libraries South Asian Studies Resources

Recent Faculty Publications

Hyder book

Syed Akbar Hyder, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, has published a book, "Hidden Histories: Religion and Reform in South Asia."

Olivelle and Davis book

Patrick Olivelle, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian Studies, and Donald R. Davis, Jr., Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, have published a book, "The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law."

Cons book

Jason Cons, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, has published a book, "Sensitive Space: Fragmented Territory at the India-Bangladesh Border."

kamran book

Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, has written a book, "Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972".

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