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Akhil Katyal

The most lucrative resource has been the SOAS library which has an excellent South Asia collection. Also, the central London location of SOAS means I never really go far for anything!

PhD South Asia

My doctoral research is on same-sex intimacies and ideas of the self in modern India. After doing !ve years of coursework during my Bachelors and Masters in literature at Delhi University, I needed a PhD programme that focussed more on individual research and less on prescribed coursework.

Regular discussions with my supervisory committee at SOAS helped give shape to my research. The weekly seminar at the Faculty of Languages and Cultures was an interesting place for discussions with other PhD students. It gave just the right amount of regular group interaction in what is otherwise a more or less self-structured course.

Also, SOAS has a heavy dose of academic seminars and informal events. I found many events hosted by the Centre for South Asian Studies and the Centre for Gender Studies relevant for my specific work.

Of course the most lucrative resource has been the SOAS library which has an excellent South Asia collection. Being in close quarters with the Senate House library and the British Library has been of particular help. Also, the central London location of SOAS means I never really go far for anything!