Effects of Title VI cuts in US Area Studies

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 3 14:23:20 UTC 2012

Actually, Title VI also covers the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation
Research Abroad (DDRA) program. Many students of Sanskrit (and other
premodern languages) have done research funded through this program. In FY
2011 it was cancelled due to major cuts in Title VI. In FY 2012 Title
VI/Fulbright-Hays received about the same amount of funding as FY 2012, but
the program was suddenly reinstated and awards have been made. Nothing
definite as yet for FY 2013.

See: http://www.nhalliance.org/bm~tags/title-vi/,

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM, Jonathan Silk <kauzeya at gmail.com> wrote:

> dear Madhav,
> Actually, although the rationale of this always escaped me, what you wrote
> is not quite so: I indeed received two years of FLAS funding to study
> Sanskrit with you in the 1980s! The story I always heard is that someone
> found a census of India in which some village claimed Sanskrit as their
> everyday tongue, and this qualified it under title VI. Whatever the truth
> of the story was, it would indeed be difficult to make the case that
> Sanskrit is a 'strategic language' in any normal sense of that expression!
> Very best, Jonathan
> On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:
>> Hello Tim,
>>      Sanskrit has never been funded through the federal title VI money,
>> since it was restricted to modern languages only.  For the sake of the
>> modern languages of South Asia, we are all concerned about these cuts, and
>> hope that the Congress will reinstate the money.  But given the political
>> situation in the US Congress, I am very pessimistic.  Hope I am wrong.
>> Madhav Deshpande
>> On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Ulrich T. Kragh <utkragh at hum.ku.dk>wrote:
>>>  Dear members of the Indology List,
>>> I have heard and read that the US Congress in 2011 made a nearly 40%
>>> (ca. $50 Mill.) cut in the federal Title VI funding to all language
>>> programs and Area Studies in the USA. For background information, see for
>>> example:
>>> http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/15/international_education_takes_hit_in_2011_budget
>>> I would like to know, especially from the American members of the list,
>>> whether and how these cuts have affected programs of Sanskrit, Hindi,
>>> Tamil, and Indian studies in the USA and/or in the study-abroad programs.
>>> Further, is there any news as to whether the lost funding will be
>>> reinstated in the 2012 budget now being negotiated in the Congress or are
>>> the cuts likely to remain?
>>> From a concerned European colleague,
>>> Tim
>>> Dr. Ulrich Timme Kragh
>>> IIAS, Leiden University
>> --
>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>> Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
>> Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
>> 202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
>> The University of Michigan
>> Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, USA
> --
> J. Silk
> Instituut Kern / Universiteit Leiden
> Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
> Johan Huizinga Building, Room 1.37
> Doelensteeg 16
> 2311 VL Leiden
> The Netherlands

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