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CarolIndia was a series of programming organized across the campus and spanning the entire 2013 academic year designed to raise awareness of the growing importance of India. An Advisory Committee has met and offers a few basic objectives for the initiative:


  • 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. 

Some of the activities already in planning stages include:

  • An opening celebration, possibly featuring Governor Nikki Haley
  • Visiting scholars and lecturers, hosted by the Walker Institute
  • Exhibits on Indian arts and cultures at the McKissick Museum
  • A Bollywood film festival at the Nickelodeon Theatre. 

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

The year of India is supervised by an Advisory Committee, whose membership includes:

  • Robert Cox, Walker Institute (Co-Chair)
  • Bhavna Vasudeva (Co-Chair)
  • Tim Doupnik, Vice Provost
  • Prakash Nagarkatti, Vice President for Research
  • Meera Narasimhan, Department of Psychiatry
  • Sudha Xirasagar, Health Services and Policy Mgmt
  • Rich Harrill, HRTM
  • Ashwani Monga, Marketing
  • Payal Shah, Educational Studies
  • Aparna Polavarapu, Law
  • Jody Pritt, International Student Services
  • Roshni Rao, Indian Student Organization
  • Meeta Gandhi, Indian Cultural Exchange
  • Raj Aluri, International Friendship Ministries and Columbia International Festival
  • Teri Browne, College of Social Work’
  • Brad Collins, Department of Art
  • Jacob Goldston, Department of Economics
  • Vicki Hamby, USC Career Center
  • Venkat Lakshmi, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Birgitta Johnson, School of Music and African American Studies Program