South Asia

University contacts who work across South Asia

Pankaj Pankaj

Pankaj Pankaj

International Dean

Based in Edinburgh, Pankaj provides leadership in the development of a strategy to shape activities, partnerships and priorities to enhance the University’s engagement with South Asia.

Athulya Aravind

Regional Director
South Asia

Based in India, Athulya is responsible for coordinating and advancing priority activity across South Asia, including the development and management of partnerships, alumni connections and opportunities with key institutions and agencies.

Bhagyashri Salunkhe

Bhagyashri Ringe

Office Manager
South Asia

Based in Mumbai, Bhagyashri arranges the day-to-day running of the South Asia Regional Centre in Mumbai. She manages logistics for events and visits, ensuring they run smoothly. She also manages the office finances, business relationships and South Asia enquiries.

Student Recruitment

Rupal Parikh

Rupal Parikh

International Recruitment Manager
South Asia

Based in Mumbai, Rupal is a member of the International Recruitment Team (in Student Recruitment and Admissions).

About us

We were established to develop and maintain links with universities, research institutions, government agencies, companies and cultural organisations.

Other work includes scholarship development, student internships and alumni engagement. Academic partnerships including student exchanges and joint degrees are a rapidly developing area.

Historic links with India

The University of Edinburgh’s engagement with India stretches from historic connections with the study of Indian botany, culture and religion by Edinburgh-qualified academics and laymen in the 18th century, to large numbers of India’s first overseas students gaining degrees at Edinburgh. Our partnerships in India are based on high-quality research and academic cooperation.

Research funding

Liaison with government agencies and other funding bodies to support partnerships such as the Centre for Brain Development & Repair, Bangalore.

Strategic engagement

Today’s global economic, environmental and development challenges require innovative solutions to increasingly complex and international problems. The focus of the University of Edinburgh’s engagement with South Asia is to develop multi-disciplinary and creative solutions via collaborative partnerships. The Centre is also fundraising and strengthening the engagement with the 1400 strong alumni network in India.

Regional brief

Learn more about our South Asian community, partnerships and research by reading our regional brief (PDF).

Entry requirements

For undergraduate and postgraduate applicants from South Asia


We regularly meet with prospective students and partners in South Asia.


The University has around 12,000 alumni based in the Asia and Pacific region.



The University has relationships with India’s leading institutions including:

  • Indian Institutes of Technology
  • Department of Science & Technology, Gujarat Government
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences
  • Christian Medical College Vellore
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • Vellore Institute of Technology
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Regional Centre assists in maintaining relationships, arranging lectures, workshops and symposia to facilitate research-led collaborations with these institutions.

University Centres

Edinburgh India Institute

The Edinburgh India Institute encourages greater awareness of India in Scotland.

Centre for South Asian Studies

The Centre for South Asian Studies is dedicated to the study of South Asia.