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India relations is a rapidly changing global, strategic and economic landscape. The center aims to connect local and national communities by providing a regular forum for dialogue among opinion leaders, academic, business, government and policy experts. This is being accomplished through workshops and public events that emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement.

Upcoming Events


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Past Events


Indian Climate Policy and the Future of Global Climate Collaboration
Oct. 11, 2023 | Video
Gain valuable insights into the pivotal role India plays in the global fight against climate change and how this harmonious collaboration is paving the way for a sustainable and brighter future.

A Conversation on Education Policy in India
April 18, 2023
Education benefits not just the individual, but society as a whole. We joined a discussion on the way forward for India’s education policy – particularly around the importance of a college degree – and how it is instrumental in fostering growth, reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity globally.

A Roundtable Conversation on Contemporary India
March 15, 2023
We gathered for an informal discussion on topics ranging from political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, productivity and competitiveness, Women’s health and equity in India and more.


Critical Issues in the U.S. H-1B Visa Program
June 22, 2022 | Video
The H-1B Visa Program is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa category that allows employers to petition for highly educated foreign professionals to work in "specialty occupations" and current research shows that H-1B workers complement U.S. workers and expand job opportunities for all. In this panel, discussion centered on how foreign workers fill a critical need in the U.S. labor market, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math fields – commonly referred to as STEM – and how with a low statutory limit of visa numbers available, demand for H-1B visa numbers has outstripped the supply in recent years.


U.S.-India Relations: An Ambassadorial Roundtable
Nov. 9, 2021 | Video

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and School of Global Policy and Strategy Dean Caroline Freund invited you to join Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with former Ambassadors Nirupama Rao, Tim Roemer and Richard Verma on Tuesday, Nov. 9 for a webinar discussion of the current U.S.-India relationship. This special engagement opportunity highlighted the important relationship between India and the U.S., and how it will be a significant driver of the prosperity, security, health and well-being of both countries and the world.

India relations is a rapidly changing global strategic and economic landscape. This event was hosted as part of efforts supporting the formation of the 21st Century India Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, which will serve as a world-class hub for the study of modern India and U.S. It will spark innovative research, support the creation and transfer of knowledge, and convene timely policy conversations.


  • Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States
  • Nirupama Rao, Former Ambassador of India to the United States and Former Foreign Secretary of India
  • Tim Roemer, Former U.S. Member of Congress, 9/11 Commissioner and United States Ambassador to India
  • Richard Verma, Former United States Ambassador to India
  • Karthik Muralidharan (Moderator), Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, UC San Diego