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CarolIndia was a series of programming organized across the campus and spanning the entire 2013-2014 academic year designed to raise awareness of the growing importance of India.


"Beyond Bollywood" Film Series
Monthly, starting in October 2013

Cosponsor: Nickelodeon Theatre, Film and Media Studies

This film series will bring to the Columbia community exciting and innovative narrative and documentary films that explore contemporary Indian society.

View the movie schedule HERE
View the Nickelodeon website HERE



"From Green Revolution to Biotech Seeds : Social Opposition in the Land of Mohandas K. Gandhi "

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 1 - 2:30 pm

Location: Gambrell 431

Speaker: Prakash Kumar                

Cosponsor: The History Department and College of Arts & Sciences


“Townsend Lecture”

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Topic: “Writing A Biography of Cancer”

Cosponsor: College of Arts &

Location: Campus Room of Capstone House



Lecture-Demonstration in MU555 World of Music Survey Class by INFLAME

October 29th, 2013

10:05 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

Music Building Room 232


Musical Performance Concert by Kumar Das and INFLAME

October 30, 2013

7:30 PM

Music Building Recital Hall (2nd Floor, next to the Music Library)

Co-Sponsors: Walker Institute, African American Studies Latin American Studies and School of Music

Discover more about the perfomers here


"Federalism, Governance, and the Challenge of Electrifying India"

November 8, 2013, 3:30 PM

Speaker: Sunila Kale

Cosponsor: Department of Political Science

Dr. Kale will be presenting on Public Issues in India. More information about Dr. Kale can be found by clicking here.


Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Mira Nair 
November 14 -15, 2013

November 14th

Screening: Monsoon Wedding at 6:30 pm in Gambrell 153

November 15th

Breakfast Talk: Maxcy at 9 am

Film Studies Talk: Nickelodeon Theatre at 10:30 am

This is a joint initiative with the US Departments of Education and State to celebrate and encourage students to become globally engaged. This event will feature a movie and a discussion with Mira Nair, a prominent filmmaker. Discover more about her by clicking HERE . View the flyer HERE.

See photos from the luncheon HERE


"Jashn - Indian Festival of Lights"
November 16, 2013, 6PM, Russell House Ballroom                       

Cosponsor: Indian Student Organization

Jashn is a traditional Hindu Festival. It is celebrated by light lamps that represent the triumph of good over evil.

View the flyer HERE

See photos HERE


"15 Day Study Abroad to India"
December 7-23, 2013                  

Cosponsor: International Student Services

This two week study abroad program will be part of a 3-credit graduate course HSPM 791F, which focuses on Public Health in a developing country context. It will be a residential program that will accommodate 15 students. To view the schedule for this trip, click HERE. View the event flyer here.



Museum Exhibition: "Indian Sculpture from the Shepps Collection"
January 13 - April 15, 2014

Location: Second floor lobby, McKissick Museum on the historic Horseshoe

Co-sponsor: McKissick Museum

Museum hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday; 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturdays; closed Sundays

Cost: Free; open to the public


International Conference on Women and Millennium Development Goals
February 13-14, 2014

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India

View more information HERE



"Visiting Scholar on India's Democracy and foreign policy"
March 17-19, 2014

Speaker: Sumit Ganguly                

Cosponsor: Anthropology, Geography, Economics, International Business, Political Science

Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Sumit Ganguly will be discussing issues in India. 

View Lecture event HERE

View breakfast event HERE



  • To educate students and the community of the growing importance of India as the world’s largest democracy and as a rising power in the global economy.
  • To promote India as a destination for study abroad, research opportunities and travel, in line with the University’s broader initiative on India.
  • To showcase the contributions made by people of Indian heritage to the United States and South Carolina.
  • To initiate a dialogue that will establish a permanent focus on India at USC.


  • CarolIndia is made possible by generous support from Michael Amiridis, Provost and Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional projects will be sponsored by departments and programs across the USC campus.


To see the Advisory Committee for The Year of India, click here.


The Holi festival

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.

View a video on this celebration by clicking HERE


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Fun Facts:

~India ranks as 7th largest destination of US exports through South Carolina.

~India ranks 9th in terms of US imports from different countries through South Carolina.  

~There are approximately 22 different languages spoken in India, Hindi being the most popularly spoken, as well as 2000 dialects.

~The main religions are Hindu (80.5%), Muslim (13.4%), Christianity (2.3%), Sikhism (1.9%), and Jainism and Buddhism.

~India’s population consists of 1,220,800,359 people, which is approximately 17% of the world’s population.

~India is the largest democracy in the world.

~The main exports in India are agricultural products, textile goods, gems and jewelry, software services and technology, engineering goods, chemicals, and leather products.

~India is the seventh largest country in the world and is the second most populous.

~India gained its independence from Britain on August 15, 1947.

~India has one of the largest number of software engineers in the world.

~Bollywood produces the most films worldwide every year.

~The decimal system was developed in India in 100 B.C.

~Chess was invented in India

~Ayurveda of India was the earliest school of medicine known to the world

~The world’s first university was established in Takshila in India in 700 B.C.

~The literacy rate is approximately 61%.

To see more fun facts on India, click here.