Indian Studies through Comprehensive Structural Studies
Today, with an abundance of unique humanistic assets, India is becoming a global power beyond Asia. In line with increased interest in India, the Institute of Indian Studies (IIS) has conducted research on an agenda titled “Great Transition in India: A Korean Perspective on Indian Studies,” which is sponsored by the Humanities Korea Plus (HK+) Project of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).
The total project period is seven years, consisting of two phases- a First Phase (2017 ~ 2020): “The Origin of the Great Transition in India,” and a Second Phase (2020 ~ 2024): “The Reality and Challenges of the Great Transition in India” - focusing on Five Strategic Initiatives whare are leading research activities in Indian Studies, building research infrastructure, facilitating research exchanges at home and abroad, providing social services based on research outcome, and training experts on India and South Asia contribute to the sharing and social dissemination of research outcomes.
It also facilitates the popularization of Indian humanities and the expansion of related social services by offering introductory Indian humanities courses and other educational programs for humanities therapy through a Korean-style Gandhi Ashram (A Center for Indian Humanities). After the post-reform generation started to play a major role in the society, India is witnessing rapid changes not only in socio-political and economic fronts, but also humanities. The IIS HK+ Project aims to comprehend such great transitions in India by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies.
In doing so, this project will provide a valuable foundation not only for understanding India, but also in opening a new chapter for Indian and South Asian Studies. In the process, the IIS seeks to becom a leading global institution on India through the implementation of the HK+ Project.
Institute of Indian Studies
Gandhi Ashram for Humanities Therapy