In 2004 there was a meeting of the minds that build a visionary partnership between UFV and the South Asian community. These ideas included goals to engage students, professors and community institutions to develop a vibrant program of India Canada studies at UFV.
From 2004 to 2006 dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to raise matching funds for the establishment of a$ 2.5 Million endowment to create the BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada India Business and Economic Development. This impressive goal was achieved with the support of numerous donors who built an endowment fund for the Chair.
In 2006 UFV established the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies to house the Chair and as a hub for research, engagement and study. In the past ten years the Centre has undertaken numerous research projects, supported and mentored student research, initiated and implemented MoU’s with Universities in India, built strong community partnerships locally, in BC and across Canada and with numerous Indian Diaspora communities, held international conferences, invited visiting scholars from around the world, curated acclaimed exhibits and developed business ties with India.
We are proud of our achievements and look forward to your continued involvement with our UFV community.
It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge this important decennial milestone in the history of the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Each journey is filled with many stories and experiences and these last 10 years have not disappointed in this regard. What started as an idea quickly became a reality and opportunities have presented themselves at every turn and every corner. The Centre’s work has been enriched by the people who have worked so hard and with such dedication to bring our mandate to life.
Faculty colleagues, staff, students, the leaders of UFV, community individuals and organizations have all lent their support through goodwill, energy, commitment, time, ideas and friendships.
We have learned much along the way and we know there is still so much to do. We count on your continued support in the future.
Satwinder Kaur Bains