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Who we are

Established in 2011, our mission is to serve as a world-leading centre for multi-disciplinary research, teaching and public engagement on contemporary India. We foster understanding of India’s political, social and economic life, and its role as a global actor.

We have a core group of academic staff and also serve as a hub for the growing community of scholars and students working on India across King’s. We also host a multidisciplinary PhD programme focused on contemporary India, a joint PhD programme with the National University of Singapore and a visiting Inlaks-King’s India Institute PhD fellowship programme.

Our master’s-level modules on India are taught as part of the MSc Global Affairs. These modules are also open to students across the faculties of Social Science & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities.

Nehru Memorial Lecture series

The Nehru Memorial Lecture was endowed by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust in 1969.

The annual lecture is given in memory of India’s first Prime Minister by a distinguished scholar, scientist or administrator from the UK or India.

At the 2023 lecture, Professor Madhavan K Palat, editor of the Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, spoke on Nehru’s thoughts and dilemmas on democracy.

Discover the King’s India Institute

News and events from the King's Global Institutes

In line with the university’s wider equality, diversity and inclusion statement, the Institute is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all of our students, staff and visitors.

We aim to nurture a collegial, mutually supportive and committed culture among staff, students and visitors. We are committed to providing and promoting an environment in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment.

We are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse work and learning environment. All students and staff are treated equitably and are not accorded less favourable treatment because of age, marital/civil partnership status, sex, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, religious or political beliefs and transgender status.

The Institute is also committed to enhancing the work-life balance of all staff in relation to caring responsibilities and other issues affecting well-being.