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RoundGlass India Center at Seattle University to Promote Dialogue & Scholarship with India

September 6, 2023

Seattle University, in partnership with the RoundGlass Foundation, has announced the establishment of the RoundGlass India Center.

In a significant stride toward fostering cross-regional collaboration, Seattle University, in partnership with the RoundGlass Foundation, has announced the establishment of the RoundGlass India Center. The Center will serve as a bridge between Seattle and India to promote dialogue, collaboration and interdisciplinary scholarship.

“In partnership with the RoundGlass Foundation, Seattle University is uniquely positioned to build on the existing connections between Seattle and India among the business, academic and other communities,” says Eduardo Peñalver, President of Seattle University. “With our faculty’s expertise and scholarship, diverse student body, location in a global city and RoundGlass Foundation’s commitment to education, economic development, sustainable living and wellness, we will strengthen our relationships with Indian business, government and academic leaders, as well as enhance study of India in the United States.”

The RoundGlass India Center activities will include high-level public events in Seattle convening leaders from business, law, government and other sectors in both countries. It will also promote economic growth, rule of law and justice in India with a focus on the state of Punjab, as well as provide scholarships for students from India to study at Seattle University.

Sital Kalantry has been named executive director of the RoundGlass India Center. At Seattle University, Kalantry is Professor of Law and Associate Dean of International Programs & Graduate Studies. The scholarship focuses on the comparative study of law in India.

“We are delighted to partner with Seattle University to focus on developing stronger business ties and academic knowledge on India,” says Gurpreet (Sunny) Singh, founder of the RoundGlass Foundation. “The RoundGlass India Center will create opportunities for high-level substantive events on India in Seattle, scholarships for students from India and will build on Roundglass Foundation’s deep commitment to economic development and rule of law in the state of Punjab.”

The RoundGlass India Center was launched at the Seattle-Setu global conference. The full-day conference—hosted by Seattle University in partnership with Greater Seattle Partners—brought together business leaders, lawyers, philanthropists and civic leaders and renowned scholars from India and the U.S. to engage in meaningful discussions, forging and expanding bridges between the two nations. U.S. House Representative Pramila Jayapal, member of the Indian Parliament Dr. Sasmit Patra and U.S. Deputy Assistant Nancy Izzo Jackson were among the keynote speakers.

The event also featured an address from Mayor of Seattle Bruce Harrell and a recorded message from Infosys founder Narayan Murthy. 

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