The Religions of India Initiative advocates for the academic study of India's diverse religious traditions and practices, and seeks to find ways to integrate academic research on India and programming relating to India into the curricular mission of UC Davis. The Initiative builds on the strengths of the Religious Studies department, and we also collaborate with other departments and programs across campus to bring exciting new scholarship and creative artists to campus. Public outreach is a key component of the Initiative, and the Initiative encourages the community to attend and participate in its year long programming.

The Religions of India Initiative envisions its contributions to the academic study of Indian religious traditions and practices in a manner that will bring the University community and the Indian-American community into a fruitful conversation. Thus, we chart two intersecting paths:

One that builds support for scholarly research on India’s religious traditions at the university, and brings the community to the campus 

Two, through community outreach events such as workshops and lectures to bring the knowledge produced within the university to the broader community.

The Religions of India Initiative is housed in the Department of Religious Studies, which has a long history of public scholarship and community outreach. You can learn more about the Department of Religious Studies here:

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