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Brown considering office in India

September 13, 2010

Brown University officials say they may place a permanent representative in Mumbai or New Delhi to assist with alumni, student exchanges, research and other interests of Brown in India. The move is part of an overall effort to strengthen ties with India, which school officials say is a priority for the university.

“The importance of India today on the world stage requires all of us in university life to be attentive to what’s happening here,” said Brown President Ruth Simmons during a visit to India this past spring. “One can’t imagine an educated citizen of the world today not having sufficient knowledge of India.”

The New York Times reports that top U.S. institutions have been cautious about opening campuses in India, though some second tier schools are making plans to do so. Brown has created an advisory council on India, which has recommended that the university open an office in Mumbai or New Delhi.

Brown held a series of lectures and events on campus during the past school year as part of a “Year of India” theme. Brown currently has 100 students from India and over 500 alumni in India, according to school officials.

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