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India remains a country of global importance and a major trade and investment partner of Canada. York is working to further develop and maintain its ties within the country through environmental initiatives, research projects and academic exchange programs. York welcomes Indian students to its diverse, multicultural community.

Indians find themselves right at home in Canada — in fact, India is Canada’s second-largest source of immigrants and more than one million people currently residing in Canada can trace their ancestry back to India.

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  • York undergraduate and graduate students from India in 2015-2016: 898
  • York alumni worldwide from India: 508
  • York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The Indian Cultural Association provides a platform to develop a common bond of trust and friendship among students through cultural and social programming in the York community. The Tamil Students Association is primarily dedicated to serving the cultural, recreational, social, educational and organizational interests of its membership and Tamil Community on a non-profit basis.
  • Anthropology professor Shubhra Gururani has critically explored the cultural production and representation of nature, environmentalism, place, gender and identity in the land of Chipko in India’s Uttarakhand Himalayas.
  • Economics professor Sudeshna Maitra has conducted research and written on the subject of dowries in India and on the Indian middle class.
  • Geography professor Raju Das’s research interests include development studies and political economy, has published several studies focusing on India, including “Looking, but Not Seeing: State and/as Class in Rural India”.
  • Psychology professor Jennifer Connolly has worked on a research project supported by a Shastri Student Research Award to Amrit Dhariwal, which examined romantic development among late adolescents in India.
  • York’s president Mamdouh Shoukri was awarded honorary doctorate from India’s Amity University in 2013.
  • York is building the first full international business school campus in Hyderabad, India.
  • Environmental studies professor Martin J. Bunch has worked with the University of Madras on an adaptive ecosystem approach to the urban environment to improve the health of city dwellers in India.
  • Mohan Krishna of York’s Film Studies program has won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film for a Director at the 52nd National Film Awards in India.