Partnership with India's Shiv Nadar University

Duke is partnering with Shiv Nadar University in India to develop programs cross-cultural exchange involving students and faculty members as both universities. Four programs have launched, including the Dean's Seminar; a co-hosted Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) for academically talented youth in India; a teacher-in-training exchange involved students from Duke's Program in Education visiting primary and secondary schools run by the Shiv Nadar Foundation; and an undergraduate internship program for Duke students at the VidyaGyan academy in India.

Dean's Seminar

The Dean’s Seminar is one of four programs within the partnership between Duke University and Shiv Nadar University. The purpose of the series is to allow faculty and students from both universities to visit each other’s campuses, share research on specific issues and topics, and to pursue collaboration opportunities at all levels.

Dean's Seminar 2014: Urbanization

Faculty and students from Duke and Shiv Nadar met in Durham, North Carolina on October 11-12, 2014 to explore the theme of urbanization, from history to sociology to economics to environmental studies. The many presentations included different world areas ranging from the USA, China, India, as well as other parts of the globe.

The seminar concluded with an invitation from Duke to SNU colleagues to visit Durham in fall and continue the conversation on developing collaborative research and academic projects. When uneven nature of scholarship across different universities makes ‘equal exchange of intellectual goods almost an impossible goal in the current academic marketplace,’ this seminar is a beacon of the entrepreneurial spirit at both universities signaling long-term partnership to nurture reciprocity in knowledge and a great bold step towards building ‘an ivory fence for the first time over which neighbors might shake hands.’

Video Title & Presenter

Comments and Introduction of Shiv Nadar University Faculty

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University

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A City and Its College: Pachaiyappa’s Bequest

Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History and International Comparative Studies, Duke University

Global Health Impact of Urban Air Pollution

Jim Zhang, Professor of Global and Environmental Health, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

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Space and Non-Space in City Master Plans: Urban Utilities and Civic Membership

Dipankar Gupta, Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Political Affairs and Critical Theory, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University

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Explosion: Voluntarism and Hysteria of China’s Urbanization

Xingzhou Hu, Graduate Student, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

Spatio-temporal changes in urbanization process for Greater Noida city and surrounding region

Prasad Pathak, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiv Nadar University

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Metabolic Living

Harris Solomon, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health, Duke University

Between India and France: Reading Pondicherry as Colonial Archive

Jessica Namakkal, Assistant Professor of the Practice, International Comparative Studies, Duke University

In-betweeness: An Interpretation of Urbanization in China

Yu Wang, Graduate Student, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

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Urban Poverty: Concrete and Blue-Polygon Slums in Bangalore

Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Associate Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

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Documentation of Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge in Chithera Village Panchayat, Gautam Budh Nagar Distt, Uttar, Pradesh, India

Jyoti Sharma, Visiting Professor, Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources Management, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University

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Land Acquisition and Re-use for Urban Development

Shubhasis Gangopadhyay, Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar

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Shades of Wealth

William “Sandy” Darity, Samuel Dubois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, Duke University

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Various Focal Research Areas in the Nicholas School

Prasad Kasibhatla, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

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Madness, Nostalgia, and Urban Demolition in Chen Kaige’s One Hundred Flowers Hidden Deep (2002)

Yue Zhao, Graduate Student, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

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Antibiotic Resistance: Lessons Learned from Bacterial Cell Division

Richa Priyadarshini, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University

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Global health research collaboration between SNU and Duke faculty

Truls Ostbye, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health, School of Medicine, Duke University

Global Asia: Integrations and Challenges across the Liberal Arts Curriculum

Sucheta Mazumdar, Associate Professor of History, Duke University


Request for Proposals - Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

Request for Proposals

Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations: Shiv Nadar University, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, and Duke Global Health Institute

Submission DEADLINE: 5 pm. 31 March, 2015

Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, and Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), invite research proposals building collaborative interdisciplinary research between Duke investigators and SNU investigators. Through this RFP, the funders seek to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty at both universities, with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding. Proposals must target interdisciplinary topics of relevance to the mission of the funding agencies. Below some thematic areas are provided as example but is not an exhaustive list of research topics:

  • environmental issues (especially the overlap between environmental issues and health);
  • chronic disease (e.g. cancer, CVD, diabetes, hypertension);
  • mental Health;
  • emerging infections;
  • global pandemic and resistant drugs;
  • aging;
  • urbanization and public health challenges;
  • access to health care;
  • education and public health;
  • gender and public health concerns.

Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are required; SNU and Duke personnel are available to facilitate collaboration building.

Eligible Applicants

All Shiv Nadar University and Duke University faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals must include collaborators from both SNU and Duke.


The budget for a pilot project may include: supplies; salary support for technicians, research assistants, and graduate students; research related travel (but not for travel to scientific meetings); and other justifiable research expenses. Faculty salaries and indirect costs are not allowable expenses. Applicants may apply for up to a maximum $25,000 per year for two years. Proposals for shorter periods with lower budget amounts are also encouraged.

Application Requirements

Based on emerging collaborations, proposals exploring intersection of global health and urbanization are encouraged. However, proposals focusing on other interdisciplinary research topics will also be considered.  Applicants must include faculty from SNU and Duke. Proposals should describe plans for how the results generated in the pilot study will be applied to obtain future external funding.

1. Cover Page. Must include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Name, title, departmental affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of all proposed investigators
  • Designation of a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigators

2. Abstract (250 words)

3. Research plan (3 page maximum – single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides) must include: 

  • Statement of scientific objectives and their significance;
  • Work already completed related to the proposed work;
  • Description of the research team and research setting;
  • Proposed methods and plans for data analysis;
  • Potential for future grant support.

4. Appendix materials (1 page maximum each– single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins; do not count toward the Research Plan page limit) including:

  • Research schedule and milestones;
  • Collaborative nature of the project;
  • Relevance to mission of funding agencies;
  • Letter of support from a collaborating researcher if such a partner is involved.

5. Budget and justification (1 page maximum).

6. Curriculum vitae or bio-sketch for each investigator including current grant support and limited to four pages for each investigator.

Submission Format

Please submit your proposal in English. Combine all required elements listed above into a single pdf document and submit via email to with the subject line of “SNU/Duke Pilot Grant Submission.”


  • Application receipt date: 31 March 2015
  • Grant review by faculty committee from both institutions: April 2015
  • Award announcement: 30 April 2015
  • Project start date: 1 July 2015


We welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Please feel free to direct inquiries related to linkages with potential collaborators and sites where projects could be undertaken to: Karthik Krishnan at Shiv Nadar University ( and Baishakhi Taylor at Duke University (

DGHI Faculty Contacts: John Bartlett (; Truls Ostbye (

For advice on preparing budgets for international projects or questions about logistics, please contact Kelly Deal at the Duke Global Health Institute (

Teacher in Training Exchange

In January 2014, 10 student-teachers in Duke’s Teacher Preparation Program, both at the elementary and secondary level, participated in a teacher exchange program. Through this trip, they were been able to explore many schools and sights in and around Delhi, India as part of Duke’s Program in Education's partnership with Shiv Nadar University. Through visits to SNU and other schools in the area, students were able to explore education in India from the preprimary stages all the way up to the university level and will bring this new global awareness back to classrooms in Durham.

Read the Duke Teachers in India blog of this trip:



Duke TIP at SNU

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) and Shiv Nadar University (SNU) have entered into a collaboration to establish a ‘Center for Gifted Education’ under the aegis of the School of Education at Shiv Nadar University,

The center will be dedicated to support the identification and enrichment of India’s academically-gifted students by designing and implementing specific programs for gifted students as well as for educators, and also by conducting much needed research in the area.

Focused on identifying and supporting India’s intellectually gifted youth, the center will provide opportunity for bright students regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion or geography. Duke TIP and Shiv Nadar University envision the collaboration will leverage the collective organizational strengths to meet this need.

Shiv Nadar University (SNU) is a merit based university and focuses on research oriented, multidisciplinary education. One of the key objectives of the University is therefore to attract the most meritorious students as they enhance the learning curve of the entire University.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a part of Duke University, a private research university consistently ranked among the top 10 national universities by US World & News Report. Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and help students reach their highest potential. Since its inception in 1980, Duke TIP has served more than 2.5 million students through multiple talent searches and educational programs. Duke TIP has been serving academically talented students in India since 2008.