RIP Prof. Saba Mahmood

Prof. Saba Mahmood passed away on March 10 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Prof. Mahmood, a powerful presence in the life of the Institute, played a key role in the creation of the Pakistan Studies Initiative and Urdu@Berkeley. We will all miss her profoundly. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her husband, son, family and to Saba's wide circle of friends. Read more HERE>>.

Announcing the Pirzada Dissertation Prize Winner for 2017

Many congratulations to Dr. William E. B. Sherman (Asst. Prof Religion, UNC-Charlotte) for his dissertation, "Mountains and Messiahs: The Roshaniyya, Revelation, and Afghan Becoming," completed at Stanford University under Prof. Shahzad Bashir. Award ceremony on April 26, 2018. Details here

Indian Ambassador to the US visits UC Berkeley

Navtej Sarna, the Indian ambassador to the United States, visited UC Berkeley on Feb 12. Drawn by UC Berkeley's famed library collections. the ambassador, who is a scholar of the Sikh religion, viewed parts of the South Asians in North America Collection (including documents of the Gadar party) and other holdings on Sikhism. Click here for media coverage of the visit.

Mourning Asma Jahangir

The Institute mourns the passing of Pakistan's most prominent human rights lawyer, Asma Jahangir. In 2013, we had the honor of welcoming Ms. Jahangir to campus as the inaugural speaker in our Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan. In addition to her lecture, Ms. Jahangir also met with Cal students and members of the local Bay Area community. Click here for a video of the lecture. 


A new contest designed to highlight the untold stories of remarkable South Asian women who have effected change through their individual or collective work, ideas, or presence. Grand prize of $5000, a week in UC Berkeley. And much more. Deadline: January 15, 2018. For details and to apply click HERE>>

The 2017 issue of Khabar, our annual newsletter, is out!

Highlights include reports on cutting-edge research and socially impactful work being done in South Asia by Cal faculty and scholars, an excerpt from Prof. Pranab Bardhan's memoirs, and a welcome address from our new director, Prof. Munis Faruqui. Read Khabar HERE>>

Bob Goldman awarded the World Sanskrit Award for 2017

Professor of Sanskrit, Robert P. Goldman has been honored with the World Sanskrit Award for 2017 by the ICCR for his work on Sanskrit language and literature and for the completion under his direction of the translation of the Sanskrit epic poem, the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki. Read more here >>

Announcing Prof. Munis D. Faruqui as the new Director of the Institute!

The Institute for South Asia Studies is thrilled to announce the appointment of historian of medieval India, Prof. Munis D. Faruqui as the new Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies and Sarah Kailath Chair of Indian Studies.

Read more HERE >>

Prof. Pranab Bardhan on the right-wing populist challenge

In the Boston Review, Prof. Pranab Bardhan argues that the populist challenges to liberal order across the world cannot be explained just by anger with market-driven inequalities but also stems from larger majoritarian perception of siege and victimhood. To read the full article, click HERE>>>

A Profile on 2016-2017 Chowdhury Center Fellow on Quality of Life, Sayah Bogor

Our 2016 Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center Fellow on Quality of Life in Bangladesh was recently featured in UC Berkeley News for her astounding journey from refugee to health researcher at UC Berkeley. Read more HERE>>>

2012 Sarah Kailath speaker, Rohini Nilakani, elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Proud to share that our former Sarah Kailath Distinguished Speaker, Rohini Nilekani has been elected as Foreign Associate to the American Academies of the Arts and Sciences. This is a great honor and we wish her all success in her new role. Read more here >>

Prof. Pradeep Chhibber on the importance of inner party democracy in India

In The Hindu, Prof. Pradeep Chhibber and UCB alum, Harsh Shah, speak on the need to change the incentive structure in India's political parties and "give local politicians a larger stake in larger issues of the day". To read the full article click HERE >>

Prof. Munis Faruqui was recently quoted in the Times of India for his work on Mughals

In the Times of India, Prof. Munis Faruqui was interviewed about Dara's intellectual pursuits and flipped the narrative on Dara's image as "a secular, liberal prince...who might have avoided the beginnings of communal divide". To read the full article click HERE >>

The Subir Chowdhury School of Quality and Reliability at IIT-Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur is starting a school on Quality and Reliability (Q&R) a first of its kind in India, with the generous support of distinguished alumnus and Chowdhury Center founder, Mr. Subir Chowdhury.
Read more HERE>>>

R.I.P. Prof. Bharati Mukherjee

The Institute mourns the passing of Prof. Bharati Mukherjee, Prof. Emerita in the Dept. of English. Prof. Mukherjee, whose many works examined the Indian American immigrant experience, was one of the pathbreaking Indian American writers in the US who paved the way for many others. All of us at the Institute extend our condolences to Prof. Mukherjee's family, students, and many dear friends.

The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2017

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies is thrilled to announce that Bangladeshi lawyer and human rights activist, Sara Hossain, will deliver the 2017 Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture on February 16, 2017.
Event details HERE>>>

Establishment of the Bhattacharya India Fund

ISAS is thrilled to announce the establishment of a new fund, The Bhattacharya Fund on Contemporary India, that has been generously supported by Kimi and Shankar Bhattacharya!

Read more HERE>>>

ISAS' Spring 2017 Aaj Kal

The latest issue of Aaj Kal, the monthly e-newsletter for the Institute for South Asia Studies, is out.

Information about our plans for Spring 2017 and happenings at the Institute can be found in this publication. Make sure to save the dates for our upcoming, exciting events!

Read more HERE>>>

South Asia Related Spring 2017 Courses

It's the start of a new semester! ISAS has compiled a list of all South Asia Related Courses that are offered at UC Berkeley for the 2017 Spring Semester.

For the full list with times, CCN, and other enrollment information, please click HERE>>>

A 40-year long translation project of the Rāṃāyaṇa by UCB Sankritists comes to an end.

ISAS congratulates Professor Robert Goldman and Professor Sally Sutherland Goldman on their completion of the 40-year long project translating Vālmīki’s Rāṃāyaṇa into modern English. Read more HERE>>>