A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the University of Pittsburgh for the establishment of a Chair of Indian Studies at University of Pittsburgh. ICCR’s Director General, Riva Ganguly Das, and University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor Emeritus, Mark Nordenberg and Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Ariel C. Armony, signed the MoU at New Delhi on 13 November 2017.
The ICCR Chair at the University of Pittsburgh is the second such Chair of Indian Studies in the USA, the first being the current Chair at Rutgers University. The academic partnership with the University of Pittsburgh has been signed for a period of five years.
Under the MoU, a distinguished visiting professor from India is to be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh for one semester each year to teach courses, conduct lectures, seminars and workshops on various subjects related to different aspects of India like sociology, economy, polity, art and culture. The MoU is another firm step towards deepening cooperation and further strengthening of relations between India and the United States.