Focusing on the Humanities and Social Sciences, SAFAR’s principal mission is to create a venue for dialogue and debate between international scholars working on South Asia. To achieve this, SAFAR will actively seek to build academic links and networks with other academic institutions in South Asia and across the world. Central to it is a world-class library with resources dealing with South Asian studies in the Humanities & Social Sciences, and a menu of academic events and activities, scholarships and fellowships will encourage research on South Asia and South Asia in relation to the world. It will include, very importantly, residential facilities for visiting research scholars.
Activities of SAFAR will have a wider outreach and impact as a think-tank. One of the Foundation’s principal concerns is to engage with government and non-government outfits through encouraging policy discussions and debates on issues and topics of general, wider interest and contemporary concern. The Foundation will provide a platform for such debates, as also act as a hinge between the purely academic world of higher education and the larger community of interested citizenry to create synergy between these two groups, and to cultivate constructive dialogues. Through this, the Foundation will encourage the socio-cultural experiences of the everyday to interact with academic criticality to provide significances to non-formal modes of knowledge-gathering and social/societal sustainability. To achieve this, SAFAR will actively seek to build academic links and networks with other academic institutions in South Asia and across the world.