Duke University India

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Duke University India facilitates research, partnerships, alumni connections, student learning, and other Duke activities across the country.

Based in Bangalore, Duke University India provides in-country support for existing programs and creates new opportunities for the Duke community to engage with partners in India and across South Asia.

Duke and India: Featured Programs


Duke-IIT Gandhinagar – A higher education collaboration supported by the U.S. and Indian governments, including collaborative research, student exchange, and joint engagement of private sector programs.

Duke Global Health Institute in India – Graduate and undergraduate global health projects take place across India with partners including the Public Health Foundation of India, Shiv Nadar University, and Tata Medical Center. Partnerships focus on chronic disease, environmental health, health systems strengthening and health inequalities.

Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) – Duke SEAD partners with innovators throughout India to address healthcare challenges. Innovators offer mobile clinics, train home caregivers and healthcare workers, and develop low-cost technology such as safe birthing kits to meet the needs of families in low resource settings.


Mike Bergin (left) with IIT-Gandhinagar colleague Chinmay Ghoroi (right)

Cohesive India - Professor Manoj Mohanan studies healthcare delivery, chronic disease management and telemedicine in communities across India.

Poverty dynamics – Professor Anirudh Krishna researches movement into and out of poverty in India.

Air pollution – Professor Mike Bergin studies air pollution and its effects on human health, the environment, and the efficiency of solar technology in India.

Clean cookstoves – Professors Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland study improved household energy technologies and their effects on health, livelihood and the environment.

Microfinance – Professor Erica Field focuses on the effects of microfinance on poverty and well-being in rural India.

Giving and learning – Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy researches private philanthropy directed toward the development of colleges and universities in India.

Reinventing the toilet – Researchers at Duke, RTI International and Colorado State University have partnered to study high-tech methods for sanitary waste disposal in Ahmedabad.

Water quality – Professor Avner Vengosh is working on World Bank funded research on groundwater quality in Rajasthan with the goal of making policy recommendations to the Indian government.

Student Opportunities


Duke Semester in India – Undergraduate study abroad program based in Udaipur and Bangalore, offering classroom and field-based studies on health, poverty and conservation.

DukeEngage – Ahmedabad – Undergraduate service-learning program with a focus on equipping low-income families with professional skills and financial independence. Partners with local organization SAATH.

DukeEngage – Kochi – Undergraduate service-learning program with a focus on community development, education and equality for women and children in Southern India.

India Program for Future International Development Leaders – Summer research, internship and educational program for public policy graduate students. Based in Udaipur, the program is a partnership between Duke and the Indian Institute of Management.

Masters in International Development Policy - Graduate program based in the Sanford School of Public Policy. This Duke program welcomes many students from India each year to study policymaking and public service.

Duke India Initiative

The Duke India Initiative (DII) is made up of faculty members at Duke with scholarly and research interests in India. The DII works to promote collaborations, both within Duke and between Duke and Indian partners.

Building on existing Duke activity in India related to water access, climate change, air quality, women’s education, cancer screenings and other themes, the DII will foster Duke-India ties in teaching, research and entrepreneurship.

Duke and India News

Duke Opens Office in Bangalore
A launch event took place in Bangalore on September 18

Duke Alumna Suhani Jalota on the Myna Mahila Foundation
As a student, Jalota started a social venture in Mumbai to empower women

Duke, RTI Partner on Improved Global Sanitation:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation providing $10.7 million toward the effort

Duke University and IIT Gandhinagar: Partners in Research and Education 
Building a partnership grounded in a shared vision for excellence in higher education

A Diwali 'First' at Duke University
Duke held a Diwali celebration in its campus chapel this year


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Namrata Jha, Executive Director

Namrata Jha is the executive director of Duke University in India. She coordinates research, learning and engagement throughout the region.

Namrata is available to support faculty, students and staff on the ground, from coordinating field experiences to facilitating in-country meetings with research partners.

Duke faculty and staff members interested in developing new partnerships and activities in the region can also contact Namrata for assistance connecting with local partners.