The University of Central Florida at Orlando, Fl. Has established The India Center this year to undertake a variety of initiatives in education.
Supported by The India Group Annual Fund and Endowed Fund, The Anil and Chitra Deshpande India Program Endowed Fund and the India Studies Fund of the Global Connections Foundation, it is jointly administered by the Global Perspectives Office and the Department of Political Science in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida. The Center sponsors or co-sponsors public discussions involving prominent speakers, panels and other meetings; organizes an annual India forum; encourages scholarship and research; provides fellowships for UCF students; promotes exchanges of scholars and students with institutions in India; seeks to establish partnerships in India; and works with complementary institutions worldwide to broaden awareness and understanding about India.
Issues for the Center include: Politics (Democracy, U.S.-India Relations and Security); Economics and Business (Trade, Investment and Tourism and Development); Technology and Communication (Research, Innovation and Application); Culture (History, Arts, Music, Religion and Society); and Healthcare (Policy, Alternative Medicine/Treatments and Social Responsibility).
The Center's main source of support is a major gift consisting of an annual fund and an endowed fund (a multi-year, fundraising goal) totaling $10 million, both provided by The India Group, an alliance of prominent business and professional leaders. Members of The India Group include Braham Aggarwal, Dr. Gopal Basisht, Anil Deshpande, Dr. Pradipkumar Jamnadas, Sharad Mehta, Arvind Nandu, Tino Patel, Dr. Jogi Pattisapu, Dr. Yash Sachdev, Mike Shah and others.