National Centre for South Asian Studies

The National Centre for South Asian Studies was established in 1992 with the support of the Commonwealth Government of Australia’s Department of Education. For the first four years, Commonwealth Government funding was matched by funding from eight Australian universities that had a commitment to South Asian Studies. As a result of the restructuring of education and universities in Australia during the late 1990s, the National Centre for South Asian Studies was formally absorbed into the Monash Asia Institute in 2001. Today, it is an integral part of the Asian Studies program at Monash University. However, the Centre continues to engage in a wide range of activities which bring together South Asian scholars from across Australia. As such, it remains one of the most important networking institutions in Australia providing a conduit to and between Australian expertise on South Asia.

South Asia represents about a quarter of the world’s population and one of the world’s largest markets. The region includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the states of the Himalaya and the various islands in the region surrounding the Indian subcontinent.

The National Centre for South Asian Studies undertakes a range of activities including the following:

  1. research consultancies
  2. research collaborations with Australian and international institutes, universities and think tanks
  3. seminars and conferences on regional security in the Asia-Pacific
  4. postgraduate workshops
  5. maintenance of a database on South Asian expertise


News and Events

  • Swāmi Vivekānanda – Re-assessing the man & his contributions Swāmi Vivekānanda – Re-assessing the man & his contributions INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS (ICCR) NEW DELHI, INDIA In partnership with the National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash University and The South Asian Studies Association of Australia 21st and 22nd February 2014 VENUE: SEASON’S BOTANIC GARDENS HOTEL   348 St Kilda Road Melbourne. (Opposite the Shrine of Remembrance) OUR OBJECTIVES Narandranath ...
  • NCSAS Research The research programmes at the National Centre of South Asian Studies (NCSAS) include the following: Research Consultancies Research Collaboration Database of experts and linkages Research Consultancies The NCSAS has undertaken a number of major research consultancies over the years including reports on educational exports from Australia and most recently a study on collaboration between the Indian and Australian IT industries. ...
  • NCSAS Publications Into India – A project for innovative educational materials In 1997, the National Centre for South Asian Studies completed a major textbook and video teaching package for Australian schools called Into India. The publisher was the Curriculum Corporation of Australia. Partners in the project included the Asia Education Foundation and a large number of Australian academic ...
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