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South Asian Studies

South Asia Studies

Dr. Robert Clark, Director

Department of Modern Languages

Eisenhower 14A

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506


South Asian Resources

Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to join and participate in many organizations and programs here at Kansas State and abroad. All are very active, promote interaction on-campus and with the wider community and afford marvelous opportunities to get to know various aspects of South Asian culture and society.

STUDY ABROAD: Exchange, Direct Enrollment, Faculty Led, Internship, Volunteer programs for students.  Support for faculty to organize and lead study groups, often open to community members, to South Asian countries.

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL (ICC): The ICC is the umbrella student organization for all international student groups and activities. Although it encompasses all countries and regions of the world, the many activities such as International Week, International Food Festival and the Coffee Hour Series usually have a strong South Asia representation.

INDIAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (ISA): The ISA's membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. ISA has organized many community wide functions for cultural events, sports tournaments and the like. This association is one of the oldest and most active of all the student organizations.

SRI LANKAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (SLSA): The SLSA's membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. It is a very active organization that participates in International Week and organizes its own events such as Vesak (Bhudda's birthday) and the traditional New Year.

SOCIETY FOR THE APPRECIATION OF BHARATIYA HERITAGE AND ARTS (SABHA): SABHA is a clever acroynm that means "Association" in Hindi. SABHA sponsors a number of concerts each year, bringing in vocalists, instrumental groups and dancers representing traditions from many parts of India.

MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION: The Muslim Student Association is closely associated with the Islamic Center of Manhattan. Both service many K-State students, faculty, staff and community members from South Asian countries.

SOUTH ASIA INTEREST LISTSERVE: This list serve is set up for announcements and communication among those interested in South Asia. Those on it both receive from and send out messages to others. Simply email Barry Michie, sikarraj@k-state.edu, and he will add you to the list.

COFFEE HOUR: The International Student and Scholar Services organizes a once a month coffee hour open to the public that showcases a country represented by international students with presentations by students from that country. South Asian countries are often part of the yearly schedule.

INTERNATIONAL BUDDIES: This activity is organized by the Office of International Programs and pairs local K-State students, faculty, staff and community members with international students, scholars and family members. South Asians are a large part of the international component and this affords the opportunity to meet and get to know someone on a person-to-person basis from this part of the world.