The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) was formed to further the knowledge of India in the United States by supporting American scholarship on India. The programs of AIIS promote and advance mutual understanding between the citizens of the U. S. and of India. With offices and research centers in the United States and India, research centers at its campus in Gurugram, Haryana, and a centrally located office in Delhi, the Institute:
- Provides research fellowship support for scholars, Ph.D. candidates and artists
- Offers training in Indian languages where they are spoken
- Extends knowledge of Indian culture through its two research centers, the Center for Art & Archaeology and the Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology
- Supports book publications and articles about India
- Facilitates service learning programs and internships for American students with Indian NGOs and provides a range of services to U.S. study abroad programs in India
- Organizes conferences, workshops and special programs to advance the understanding of India and to foster exchange and collaboration between scholars in India, the U.S. and other countries in South Asia.
The Center for Art & Archeology:
One of two scholarly research centers supported by the American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS), the Center for Art & Archaeology (CA&A) is devoted to documenting India’s rich visual traditions. The AIIS is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about India and the promotion of intellectual engagement with India in American colleges and universities. The AIIS Center for Art and Archaeology (CA&A), established in 1965, is an international leader in the documentation of Indic art and architecture. Located in Gurugram, the CA&A Archive documents and maintains images and architectural plans for more than 7000 monuments and ancient buildings. These resources have been primarily created by CA&A professional staff and include some contributed by research scholars. In addition, the Archive houses surveys of 350 museum collections in India, the results of documentation projects, some also commissioned and funded by the Government of India and carried out by CA&A staff. In total, the CA&A houses more than 2,00,000 images of Indic art and architecture. These documents were made for scholarly purposes, and have been the basis of the 14 volumes of the famous Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture.
The Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology:
The Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology (ARCE) houses extensive collections of recordings of Indian music and oral traditions. These have all been meticulously documented, and are complemented by a superb library that includes books, journals, and dissertations relevant to the field of ethnomusicology in general and with a particular focus on India. The archives is a repository of voluntarily deposited collections from scholars and collectors of all nationalities.