Effects of Title VI cuts in US Area Studies

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 3 14:10:11 UTC 2012

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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