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Press Release: UMass Dartmouth Announces $1 Million Gift To "Build A Bridge To India Culture And Economy"

UMass Dartmouth Announces $1 Million Gift To "Build A Bridge To India Culture And Economy"

Donation from the Three Rs Foundation will support mission of the Center for Indic Studies

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  August 15, 2008
Department:   Indic Studies
UMass Dartmouth today announced that the Three Rs Foundation has pledged $1 million to support the university's Center for Indic Studies. The donation will support the Center's mission to connect the university, region and Commonwealth to India's growing economy and world influence. The announcement coincided with a celebration of India Independence Day and featured presentations by students from India.

"Our university, our students, and our region are enriched by experiencing diverse cultures,'' Chancellor MacCormack said. "The history, art, music and religion of India hold important lessons for all of us as we strive to be better citizens of our own community and the world. On behalf of UMass Dartmouth, I thank the Three Rs Foundation for its exemplary generosity."

"We are excited to be part of this educational initiative that will allow UMass Dartmouth students to learn about India at a time when the information super highway and global economy are creating important East-West connections,'' said Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj, Director of Three Rs Foundation. "Among our highest priorities is to develop innovative teaching strategies, rooted in Indian culture."

The Three Rs Foundation is the lead sponsor of the Super Accelerated Learning Theory (SALT), a school model that emphasizes whole brain education.

"An endowment of this size to bridge ancient civilization of India to the most modern civilization of United States through education is a most powerful statement to society,'' said Dr. Bal Ram Singh, director of the Center of Indic Studies. "I am thrilled at this opportunity and am looking forward to facilitating the engagement of my colleagues in this educational mission."

With more than one billion people, India represents over 15 percent of the world's population. Only China has a larger population. India's median age is 25, one of the youngest among large economies. India and the United States are the two largest democracies in the world.

With an average GDP growth of 7 percent over the last decade, India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It is leveraging its large number of well-educated and English-speaking people to become a major exporter of software services and software workers.

According the U.S. Census Bureau India also now ranks 4th in Massachusetts as a nation of origin of foreign born residents in 2006 with 40,000 residents of Massachusetts. In 2000, India ranked 9th, and in 1990 did not rank in the top 10. India is the top country of origin for international students on the UMass Dartmouth campus. This fall there will be approximately 150 students from India on the campus.

More about the UMass Dartmouth Center for Indic Studies
The Center for Indic Studies was established in 2001 to disseminate understanding of issues relating to the arts, philosophy, culture, societal values, and customs of India. For more information, visit www.umassd.edu/indic.

More about UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth is located in North Dartmouth on the South Coast of Massachusetts. Established in 1895 and located on its current site since 1964, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs to 9,000 students. Its $21 million per year research enterprise is widely recognized for its contributions to marine science, engineering, public policy, education, business and management, nursing and social science. The campus is also highly respected for its community engagements, including a downtown arts campus in nearby New Bedford, advanced technology center in Fall River and student community service initiatives. For more information, visit www.umassd.edu.





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