Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, has announced contributions totaling $5 million in support of its Center for India Studies.
The funds, which will be used to create an endowment for the center and to establish the Nirmal and Augustina Mattoo Chair in Classical Indic Humanities, include a $1.25 million gift from Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo, a leading nephrologist and chair of the center's executive committee; donations totaling $1.25 million from members of the Indian American community; and a $2.5 million matching challenge grant from the Simons Foundation. In recognition of Dr. Mattoo's leadership role in developing India Studies at Stony Brook, the center will be renamed the Bishembarnath Mattoo and Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies, after his parents.
Income from the endowment will be used to attract and recruit prominent scholars as permanent faculty members within the center; sponsor visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows, research scholars, and resident artists; support faculty and student research; fund undergraduate and graduate courses and programs in India Studies; organize a lecture series, symposia and conferences; expand the center's publication program; develop the India reference library and various online and media resources; and enhance the university's study abroad program in India. In addition, the endowment will support annual scholarships, awards, and research grants.
"These generous gifts from Dr. Mattoo and the Indian-American community are building a solid foundation for growth of India Studies at Stony Brook," said Stony Brook president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. "They will help Stony Brook attract outstanding scholars and talented students who recognize the significant role that India has played from ancient times in developing knowledge systems in a wide range of disciplines and its contemporary role as a major player in an increasingly interdependent global economy and world."