I recently attended the annual board meeting of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Trustees on behalf of the U of MN. I would like to highlight two things for India scholars:
Travel to India: Because of security concerns, the Government of India has been tightening up on visa requirements and violations. If you or any of your students are planning to travel to India, make sure that you do so using the correct visa (i.e. student visa, research visa, conference visa, etc.) and not on a tourist visa. Otherwise you may be sorry. Also note that if you enter India on a Tourist Visa and then leave the country, you will not be allowed back until 60 days have passed (with some exceptions). You can find out more at the Indian Consulate (http://chicago.indianconsulate.com/) and the Indian Visa Center (https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/).
AIIS Website: The AIIS has put up a nice new website (http://www.indiastudies.org/) that has information on the Institution itself and on
- Research fellowships (junior-for grad students, senior-for Ph.D. holders, and special fellowships for performing and creative artists),
- Language programs (11 languages offered regularly with possibilities for 6 others),
- Assistance for international learning
- Gifts: AIIS is also fundraising, and there is a link to make a gift. If you would like to suggest possible donors, you could also submit their information.
- And, as they say, much, much more.