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The Center for India Studies was the prinicipal advisor for the hour long documentary, "The Asian Indians in America" produced by Roman Brygeder for WLIW TV on Long Island and broadcast in all the major markets nationwide in 2004.

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Outreach Programs

In addition to teaching and research, a major thrust of the Center is Outreach. The Center conducts educational programs on India at the invitation of educational, cultural, and civic institutions, a selection of which is given below. The host institutions include colleges and universities, schools and school districts, museums and public libraries, ethnic cultural organizations, multi-faith centers, business and civic groups. The Center also has an “In-Reach” program, which assists campus in their India-related initiatives. We also teach non-credit courses open to the public on campus. 

The Center provides an extensive range of services tailored to specific needs of institutions all over the New York metropolitan area and the United States. These services include, for example, language proficiency testing and placement for South Asian immigrant children in the region’s school districts; referrals to South Asian language interpreters for county and state government agencies, such as law courts, school boards, and social service agencies; referral of India experts for the media; briefing sessions for state and federal policy makers on India-related legislation and for candidates to state and national office; and assisting individuals with their informational needs about India.


In order to create a better awareness of the historical and contemporary significance of India in world affairs, the Center works closely with many academic and student services units on campus to promote India-related initiatives. This cooperation ranges from co-sponsorship (including financial assistance) assistance in planning and program design, identifying resource persons, and providing publicity.

Past Campus units the Center has co-sponsored programs, activities, and events

Center for Excellence & Innovation in Education 
Charles B. Wang Center 
Club India (Undergraduate Student Organization)
Club OM 
Dean of Students Affairs 
Department of Africana Studies
Department of Anthropology
Department of Asian & Asian American Studies 
Department of Comparative Studies
Department of English 
Department of Economics 
Department of Linguistics
Department of Music
Department of Theater Arts
Department of Women’s Studies
Graduate School
Humanities Institute 
Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life

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Indian Catholic Students Organization 
Indian Graduate Students’ Organization 
Interfaith Center
Office of International Academic Programs 
Office of the Provost 
Office of the President 
South Asian Students Association (SASA) 
Staller Center for Performing Arts
Technology Incubator
University Art Gallery
University Counseling Center
Project SAATHI: A web-based service to assist incoming students from India

Featured Past Event

2012: An Interactive Conversation on Kannada Culture

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Non-Credit Courses for the Community

Past Years:
Appreciating Indian Classical Music 
Wellness: Best of East & West 
Discovering India: a Children’s Odyssey 
Beginning Sanskrit  


Seminars at Universities & Colleges in the U.S. and in India
 American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi 
City University of New York Graduate Center 
Columbia University Center for Bioethics
Columbia University Teachers College 
Florida International University, Miami 
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
Hofstra University, Long Island
Hunter College, New York 
Kingsboro Community College, Brooklyn 
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles 
Molloy College, Rockville Center
Nassau Community College
New Horizin Educational Institution, Bangalore 
New York University, New York 
Queens College, New York
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Suffolk Community College 
Surana College, Bangalore 
Tuoro Law College, Huntington
University of Georgia at Athens
University of Houston, Houston, 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 
University of Pennsylvania 
Yale University 
Assistance to National and International Institutions
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American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago and Delhi
American Library Association Annual Convention, New Orleans
American Museum of Natural History, New York
ENCARTA Dictionary and CD ROM (Bloomsbury, London and Microsoft)
New Horizon Educational Institution, Bangalore
Queens Historical Society, Queens
Shastri Institute of Indo-Canadian Studies, Vancouver, B.C.
South Asia Forum of Southern California, Los Angeles
World Millennium Kannada Conference, Houston  

“An Afternoon of Indian Culture” Malloy College, Rockville Center, October 15, 2004  
Talks on India’s contribution to World Culture by KKS, Classical and folk dance performances by Stony Brook students, Mehendi paintings, calligraphy and scripts of regional languages and Indian cuisine. Over 100 persons, including faculty, students, and general public attended.

Regional, Community and Civic Institutions

Arya Samaj, Queens
Asian American Higher Education Council (CUNY), New York
Association of Indians in America
Auburn Theological Seminary, Manhattan
Bhoomika (Kannada Literary and Theatre group), Maryland
Brookhaven National Laboratory India Association
Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn
City Hall, New York 
Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. 
Indian American Intellectual Forum
India Association of Long Island
India Society at Stony Brook
Interfaith Center, New York, Manhattan and Chappaqua
Kannada Koota, New York, Inc.
Long Island Museum of Art, Stony Brook
NET-IP (Network of Indian Professionals
New Community Cinema, Huntington
Port Jefferson Documentary Series, 2010 
Newsday Community Forum
RBC Radio Talk Series (10 weeks)
Rotary Club of Babylon: ""Why Americans need to know about India" a talk by Prof. Sridhar

Prof. Sridhar at the Rotary Club of Babylon 2012 (L to Rotary Club President Kathy Moore, Dr Krishna Gujavarty, and Prof. S.N. Sridhar)

(Photo:   October 17, 2012.  L to R:  Club President   Kathy Moor , Dr Krishna Gujavarty, and Prof. S.N. Sridhar)   

Shanti Fund, Long Island
Stony Brook Hadassah Unitarian Church, Stony Brook  
Town of Huntington, Cultural Diversity Day  
Westchester County India Day Celebration  
Town of Hempstead, India Republic Day Celebration  

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Seminars at Public Libraries

A number of slide and lecture presentations on topics such as, “India’s Contribution to World Civilization,” “Indian Children in American Schools,” “Teaching India in Public Schools,” “Sanskrit,” “India’s Pioneering Research on Language and Linguistics,” “Indian Languages in the U.S.,” “Science in India” and others have been given at numerous public libraries all over the New York metropolitan area, including, to name a few,

New York City Public Library
(Branches in Queens, Brooklyn)
Emma Clark Library, Setauket
Queensborough Public Library
Peninsula Public Library
Hewlitt Woodmere Public Library
Shoreham/Wading River Library 

Seminars and Workshops at Schools, School Districts and Professional Forums
Workshops for teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators on the Language and Cultural Background of South Asian children

Nassau BOCES (about 30 projects)
Suffolk BOCES
New York City Board of Education
New York State TESOL Convention 
Cedarhurst School District 
East Northport School District

  Outreach School Visit

Farmingville School District
Herrick School District
Hicksville Public Schools
Levitttown School District 
Long Beach School District 
Manhasset Junior High School 
Merrick School District 
Minneola Middle School 
Patchogue School District 
Port Jefferson School District 
Ridge School District 
Ross School, East Hampton, NY 
Riverhead School District 
Sachem School District 
Sea Cliff School District 
Searington School District 
Shoreham-Wading River School District 
Three Village School District 
Valley Stream School District
Ward Melville High School
West Islip School District 
Wyandanch School District

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Evaluation of Immigrant Language Proficiency and Language Programs of Institutions

The Center faculty assist schools and school districts in evaluating the language proficiency of incoming immigrant children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji, and other countries, to ensure proper placement in schools. 
Cedarhurst School District
Brooklyn School District
Hewlitt School District
Herricks High School, New Hyde Park
Levittown School District
Long Beach School District
Patchogue School District
Port Jefferson School District
Royal Society of Arts, Cambridge Certificate Course in TEFL, Manhattan
Ridge School District
Riverhead School District
Sea cliff School District
Searingtown School District
Shoreham-Wading River School District
Suffolk County Community College, Selden
Supreme Evaluations, Inc., Brooklyn
Three Village School District
Ward Melville High School
West Islip School District
WordNet, Boston
Wyandanch School District

Language Proficiency Tests for Stony Brook Students

The Center faculty members have also administered Foreign Language Proficiency Tests in Hindi,Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada to hundreds of Stony Brook students, graduate and undergraduate.

Workshops for Technology & Business Groups
Symposium on Doing business with India, co-sponsored with Long Island Import Export Council and the Consulate of India, New York Tech India Expo on Business Liaisons with India, co-sponsored with Long Island ListNet 

Workshop on Indian Business Etiquette, Hawthorne, NY TN
South Asian Languages Translation and Interpretation Referral Service to Courts and Other Civic Bodies

The Center frequently assists from law courts and other civic bodies in finding suitable translators and interpreters of South Asian Languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Sinhala, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, and other languages. 

Natural Disaster Relief Efforts 
Gujarat Earthquake Victims Relief 
Asian Tsunami Victims Relief 
Hurricatae Katarina Victims Relief 

Assistance to Media Organizations

The Center has assisted numerous media organizations in their reporting and analysis of India and Indian Americans, including, among many others, the following. 

BBC, London 
National Geographic 
New Yorker 
The Atlantic Monthly 
Entertainment Weekly 

References to the Center in the Media

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The Village Voice
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PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
Sahara TV
Vision of Asia TV/ITV
Eye on Asia TV

ITV Interview with Prasad, Nusrat, Ashu, and Sridhar

News 12 Long Island
CableVision TV, Long Island
India Abroad
News India-Times
India Journal
India Post
India Tribune
ndia West
Indian Express Reporter
NRI India
India Monitor, New York
Hinduism Today
RBC Radio
Silicon India
The Village Times
RBC Radio, New York
Three Village Herald
Happenings, Stony Brook
Taranga (Bangalore)
Mayura (Bangalore) 
Vijaya E-Times

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