For almost a decade, the India China Institute (ICI) has collaborated with an international network of scholars, leaders, and opinion makers. Through fellowships, courses, public events, publications, affiliations and collaborations with prominent research institutions accross the globe, we promote academic and public understanding of issues of contemporary relevance between India, China and the United States. With the support of our team of administrative staff, faculty and senior advisors, consultants and research assistants, ICI continues to expand our research initiatives, course offerings and fellowship opportunities every year. We invite you to learn more about how their work has greatly influenced The New School community through the links below.


In addition, ICI provides opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D students to conduct fieldwork and research in India and China. Visiting scholars from India and China not only find our academic resources beneficial to their research objectives, but they also have the opportunity to engage with The New School faculty, students and the public through presentations and lecture opportunities on our campus.

Senior Director

Ashok Gurung: Ashok is one of the founding directors of the India China Institute (ICI) and is Professor of Practice in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement. He is responsible for establishing the overall development, management, and coordination of ICI programs and projects in India, China, and the United States. A native of Nepal, he has taught several courses at The New School on development management, political and social issues in Nepal, and is currently teaching the course, “Global Himalaya: Rethinking Culture and Ecology.” Ashok has more than twenty years of international development experience as an educator, researcher, manager, grant-maker, policy analyst, activist and training facilitator with civil society groups, academic institutions, foundations and multilateral organizations, and governments worldwide. Among various roles, he was the Program Officer for the International Fellowships Program, the largest global leadership initiative ($280 million) of the Ford Foundation. He holds an MA in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a BA in International Service and Development from World College West in Petaluma, California, and a Certificate in Norwegian Culture and Society from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.