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Yale Expands in India

Yale University is really extending its reach.

The school will spend $75 million to expand its academic programs in India to position the university among the world's elite institutions for the study of the country and region.

The plan will create faculty positions and curriculum across the arts and sciences disciplines, as well as Yale's professional schools of architecture, environmental studies, law, management, medicine, public health and nursing.

The initiative also includes intensified student recruitment efforts, faculty and student exchanges, research partnerships and leadership education.

Yale called the initiative the broadest and most ambitious effort of its kind.

Yale President Richard C. Levin announced the plan Monday in a ceremony in New Delhi.

"The rise of India since the 1990s into a nation of global economic and geopolitical consequence compels Yale to provide a deep and rich curriculum covering all aspects of Indian civilization its languages and literatures, religions, and history, as well as its politics, economics, and society," Levin said in a statement.

"We also need to engage with the problems that confront contemporary India: equitable and sustainable economic development, and public health," he said.

Yale has been stepping up its efforts related to India in recent years with a leadership program that brought members of India's Parliament to Yale and an internship program that allowed Yale students to work in corporate and nonprofit positions in New Delhi.

The university also has expanded its language offerings, teaching and research and organized workshops, symposia, and visiting scholars programs.

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