Ms. Kara Bischak
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Host Institution in India: Kendriya Vidyalaya Fort William, Kolkata, West Bengal  
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Kara Bischak earned a B.A. in political science and English literature from DePauw University. As an undergraduate, she became a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society and studied abroad for one semester each at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She also mentored middle school and high school students and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bischak also held two editorial positions at the Cauldron and The Midwestern Review, both on-campus publications. She completed two internships during her undergraduate studies: one in book production at The Island Press in Washington, D.C. and the second in development at The International Center in Indianapolis. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in International Development and someday work for an international non-governmental organization.

Ms. Bischak’s Fulbright project, “India’s Three Language Policy: Examining the Three Language Policy in Media, Legislative and Judicial Discourse,” will examine how Kolkata, with a politicized lingual agenda of its own, reacts to and transforms the Three Language Formula, implemented by the Indian government in 1992 to address the need for a common language in multilingual India. She will examine this policy, which requires students to study English, Hindi and a local language, through discourse about education and policy in the media as well as discourse surrounding legislative and judicial decisions after 1968, when the Three Language Formula was first proposed.