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About the King's India Institute

About the India Institute

The King's India Institute was created as a centre for global engagement with contemporary India. The India Institute is committed to building India's human and intellectual capacities to address global issues on its own terms, foster long-range thinking on India's most essential dilemmas, and deepen international comprehension of the distinctive character of India's growth path and its challenges. Working in close collaboration with partners in India, in Europe, the US and elsewhere, the Institute's activities encompass academic research and scholarship, postgraduate teaching and research, policy analysis and debate, and public engagement in arts and culture. The Institute welcomes contact and partnership with institutions, corporations, students and researchers who share and wish to further this mission.

The King’s India Institute was officially launched on Thursday 26 January 2012.It is part of a cluster of Global Institutes at King's College London, founded to lead the College's strategy of international engagement and service, and dedicated to furthering the College's international profile through scholarship, research and policy solutions of relevance to the world's most dynamic and complex regions. The activities of the India Institute, like that of the other Global Institutes, link across the range of academic, professional, and other services at King's, to develop relationships with international partners and further King's commitment to developing research that speaks directly to global questions and needs.

The Institute, housed in the Grade I listed King’s Building adjacent to Somerset House on the Strand Campus of King’s College London, is a focal point in the British capital for research and teaching on contemporary India. The India Institute's Director is Avantha Professor Sunil Khilnani and its core faculty work on India from a number of disciplinary perspectives. In addition, the Institute acts as a hub for a substantial number of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students who work on India and the wider South Asian region based in departments across King’s including Defence Studies, War Studies, Law, History, Music, Nursing and Midwifery, English, and Political Economy.

Located at the centre of London’s academic and cultural life, the India Institute organises regular events, including seminars, lectures and round-table discussions, and hosts a number of visiting fellowships for academics and practitioners in different fields. Members of the institute are actively engaged with government, policy-makers, media and industry in India, the UK and beyond. They have relationships with a number of universities and research organisations in India. This includes the strategic partnership between King’s College London and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi. Also located in the India Institute is the Tagore Centre for Global Thought, funded by the Government of India.

The India Institute directs a number of research and teaching programmes including the flagship MA Contemporary India, MRes and PhD Contemporary India Research and other joint MA programmes. As part of the college’s active partnerships with research institutions in Europe and India, the Institute has, with Sciences-Po, Paris, made the joint appointment of Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, and has also jointly appointed Dr Srinath Raghavan, partly based at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, and both of whom are actively involved in the Institute's teaching and research activities. The writer and editor Ian Jack also offers a course on Reporting India as part of the Institute’s MA programme. 

The India Institute shares with the other Global Institutes at King's the mission of engaging with emerging powers on their own terms. Doing it, it aims to shape new forms of curricula and research agendas that place these regions at their heart, straddle disciplines and ultimately redefine the frontiers of intellectual enquiry in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Public Health.


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