Key milestones

2012 / 2013
SICCI Prize for South Asian Studies was established.

2011 / 2012
New module, SN3880A Art of India was taught via video conference by Professor Rick Asher, University of Minnesota, USA.

2010 / 2011
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for ICCR Chair for India Studies was signed with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for 3 years. Inaugural ICCR public lecture by Professor Makarand R Paranjape was held.

2009 / 2010
First Honours student graduated. Collaboration with Ministry of Education on Introduction of India Studies at 'A' level in Junior Colleges. Rajabali Jumabhoy Foundation Prize in South Asian Studies was established.

2008 / 2009
Hindi Language modules were offered by Centre for Language Studies. Students could use them to satisfy the SN major and minor requirements.

2007 / 2008
Minor in India Studies was introduced. The French edition of the EID was published.

2006 / 2007
Honours in South Asian Studies was approved. The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (EID) was completed and launched by then President S R Nathan.

2005 / 2006
A field studies module , SN3277 Field Studies in South Asia was taught. The first batch of PhD students graduated.

2003 / 2004
The South Asian Diaspora Research Unit (SADRU) was formed and work on the Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora began. Its flagship module, SN3261 The South Asian Diaspora was launched. New modules were added: 1 General Education (GE) and 1 Singapore Studies (SS) module.

2002 / 2003
The first batch of SASP majors and M.A. students graduated. Undergraduate enrolment steadily increased to 408. The hiring of 2 post-doctoral fellows further strengthened the teaching team.

2001 / 2002
The first batch of PhD students enrolled. The exposure module, SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development was introduced. The number of academic staff increased to 7.

2000 / 2001
The graduate programme in research was established. The curriculum was expanded to include graduate modules. Academic staff strength increased to 5.

1999 / 2000
Started as a 3-year BA programme with 4 academics and 2 administrative staff. Offered 9 undergraduate modules and attracted 206 students. The Basic Tamil language module was especially popular as it catered to non-Tamil speakers.