South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Kannada Studies Initiative

The Kannada Studies Initiative seeks to raise funds to support the teaching of the Kannada language and Kannada-related events and programs at the University of Texas at Austin. For more than 50 years, UT has supported the study of South Indian languages and cultures. In spite of its obvious importance and student interest, however, we have not yet been able to offer Kannada. More critically, it has only rarely and sporadically been offered anywhere in the US. The Kannada Studies Initiative seeks to fill this gap locally and nationally. Karnataka’s rich religious, political, and literary history are just the beginning of the treasures made available through a knowledge of Kannada.

With the help of Kannadigas and Kannada supporters everywhere, we hope to ensure a future for Kannada studies in US universities and schools. Furthermore, one of our central goals with this initiative will also be to create resources not only to help university students learn this important language, but also to help younger students everywhere have access to high-quality learning materials. The South Asia Institute is thrilled to be working with Kannada language supporters in Texas and the US to give Kannada a permanent home at UT-Austin that will serve students everywhere.

Over the next five years, our campaign will raise funds to create an endowment to establish Kannada Studies at UT. In less than one year, we have raised more than $75,000, but we need your help to reach our initial goal of $250,000.

We have just recently received a pledge from a donor who will match all contributions for Kannada Studies up to $25,000. Your gift will go twice as far! Please make your tax-deductible gift today: