Our mission at CeLCAR is to foster interest in and knowledge of Central Asian languages and their cultures while meeting strategic national needs.
Indiana University's Center for Languages of the Central Asian Regions (CeLCAR) was founded in 2002. It is one of fourteen Title VI Foreign Language Resource Centers in the United States and the only one dedicated to the critical languages of Central Asia (and Afghanistan and Pakistan).
CeLCAR is dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of the languages and cultures of Central Asia through the development of language learning materials (textbooks, workbooks, and multimedia resources), teacher training, distance language courses, and intensive language summer institutes. The less commonly taught languages currently being focused on at CeLCAR are Dari, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Pashto, Tajiki, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek.
CeLCAR's major sources of funding are the US Department of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, and the National Security Education Program (NSEP).