UC Santa Cruz is the main campus of the University of California system dedicated to serving the needs of Silicon Valley, including the vibrant South Asian diaspora that has contributed to the region's innovations and growth.
Important to the campus's educational mission is a vision of creating a major new South Asia Studies Center with global visibility, contributing to understanding not only South Asia's priceless heritage, but also its future trajectory.
The center will focus particularly on India's new role as a leading participant in the global economy, including its emergence as a source of managerial and scientific expertise, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Please view the South Asia Studies Initiative Business Plan.
This initiative was launched via a major public colloquium series funded by alumnus Stephen Bruce. The Mapping the Future of India lecture series brought together speakers with outstanding achievements in their fields to consider central issues to India's development in this century.
Between May 2008 and May 2010, the series presented six lectures and one panel discussion covering current economic, social and political challenges and opportunities facing the sub-continent. Based at the India Community Center (ICC) over 700 people attended the events directly, and countless others were involved through on campus visits and community engagements. The series was co-sponsored by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies, the Division of Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, the ICC and specifically its Board of Trustees, and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) in Silicon Valley.