The Yadunandan Center for India Studies, established in 2005 with a generous donation from the Uka and Nalini Solanki Foundation, champions the impartial study of India’s cultures, peoples and history. The first center of its kind in California, it promotes the study of India through social sciences, humanities, arts, education and other academic disciplines. It provides interdisciplinary study and critical analysis of the Indian subcontinent and its peoples from ancient times to the present. The Center’s curriculum, programs and activities are designed to build bridges within the large, diverse Indian American community in Southern California and beyond.
India has an exceptionally rich and globally-significant history that is exemplified by numerous markers of historical development — the genesis and diffusion of dharmic religious and philosophical traditions, the origins and spread of key technologies, and the postcolonial formation of the world’s largest democracy to name but a few. In the contemporary world, India is a fundamental and rapidly expanding contributor to the global economy and a major strategic player in geopolitics. However, despite its historical and contemporary significance, most Americans know very little of India, nor do they appreciate its historical, cultural and current importance. The Yadunandan Center also has a very special mission to improve and enhance the teaching and learning of India in K-12 schools and universities. This important work is well suited to its location at the California State University, Long Beach – a university with a major state and national reputation for excellence in teacher education and innovation in university teaching.