Stony Brook University in New York is the recipient of the largest gift ever made to a US public university for India studies. A donation of $1.25 million from leading nephrologist and chairman of Stony Brook’s Center for India Studies executive committee Dr Nirmal K Mattoo, together with another $1.25 million permanent endowment from the Indian American community, is raising the profile of the university.
This will become one of the most pre-eminent resource centers in US for the study of Indian culture and civilization.
Coupled with matching funds of $2.5 million from the Simons Foundation Challenge Grant, the endowment has an impact of $5 million.
This will be used to establish the Nirmal and Augustina Mattoo Chair in Classical Indic Humanities to encompass a broad range of areas.
“This will help Stony Brook attract outstanding scholars who recognise the significant role that India has played from ancient times in developing knowledge systems in a range of disciplines, and its contemporary role as a major player in an increasingly interdependent global economy,” said the university’s president Samuel L Stanley Jr.
“We are delighted to dedicate this endowment as the Indian American community’s birthday gift to India on her 66th Independence Day,” Dr Mattoo said.