Stony Brook to create India Center
August 13, 2013
The United States truly is a melting pot, evidenced by its very diverse city streets. As such, many people take an interest in varying cultures, either because they simply find other societies intriguing or they want to reconnect with their roots. Many times, they are able to learn more about different people when at college.
With this in mind, administrators at New York's Stony Brook University are using $5 million worth of donations made to the school to create a new Center for India Studies. Much of this generosity comes from Dr. Nirmal Mattoo and his wife, Augustina, who made a $1.25 million gift. Their contribution will go toward the development of the Nirmal and Augustina Mattoo Chair in Classical Indic Humanities.
A total of $1.25 million was given by other members of the Indian American community, and $2.5 million was brought forth by the Simons Foundation, which challenged donors to meet its contribution.
The Simons Foundation has a long history of giving to universities in need of extra funding. Its long list of grant recipients includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Carnegie Mellon University, Vanderbilt University and City College of New York.
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