India Initiative Annual Report 2017-2018
At the end of the third year of the India Initiative’s existence at Georgetown, we looked back with pride at all we have accomplished, and looked forward with humility at how much further we have to go to fulfill our ambitions. Over the 2017-2018 academic year, the India Initiative organized major cultural events on campus, convened significant discussions on U.S.-India relations, and held its second annual India Ideas Conference to showcase that which is most exciting in the subcontinent. Student interest in India continues to inspire us to do more, with more students choosing India as a destination for study abroad opportunities, and two Georgetown students winning Fulbright fellowships for post-graduate research in India.
We are especially pleased to acknowledge the tremendous energy and support provided by our partners. The Embassy of India in Washington, D.C., worked with us to organize two incredible evenings of music and dance to showcase Indian artists of global renown. We worked with international NGO Conciliation Resources to organize a high-level roundtable on Kashmir. With USAID and Indiaspora, we hosted an event to showcase the successes of India’s remarkable fight against tuberculosis. Leading businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and activists visited classes and spoke to students as part of our commitment to bring India to Georgetown, and generously welcomed our India Innovation Studio students when they visited Mumbai and Delhi in March and June 2018. Loyal Hoya alums in India hosted receptions for visiting deans, admissions representatives, faculty, and students from the College, Walsh School of Foreign Service, McDonough School of Business, and the Law Center, and extended their networks and expertise to grow Georgetown’s visibility in India.
The academic year culminated with a momentous visit from the Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, who delivered a keynote address about his vision for infrastructure development, good governance, and poverty alleviation in Maharashtra. This visit built on a growing collaborative effort between Georgetown and the Government of Maharashtra, which has now had three students intern in the Chief Minister’s War Room in Mumbai. We are working hard to deepen this relationship in the coming years to provide our students and faculty more opportunities to learn from the work being done there.
Given the speed of change in India, we must work even harder to build on this foundation that we may keep up with all that is happening on the ground. In 2018-2019, with your help and support, we will redouble our efforts to create a leading program in Washington, D.C. that advances the study of India and meaningfully supports academic and cultural diplomacy between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.
Irfan Nooruddin, Ph.D.
Director, Georgetown University India Initiative
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Indian Politics
Faculty Chair, Walsh School of Foreign Service