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The ACM India program was the keystone in my career as a scholar of South Asia. I learned to live in India and to conduct real field research on the program, while I was introduced to key scholars and intellectuals in Pune, and this gave me inspiration for future work. At the time, it was perhaps the only opportunity in the American academy to study Marathi, and the program gave me a firm foundation in that language. My experience made it possible for me to enter Harvard University as a funded Masters student, and then to complete a PhD at Columbia University in the History of Religions. As a faculty member first at the University of Pennsylvania then at the University of Washington, I have drawn on my ACM experiences and contacts, which are now vital to my work. As someone who has run study abroad programs to India, I see the ACM India Studies program as a model template that I continue to hold in high regard.
—Christian Novetzke, India, 1991
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