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It is part of the King's India Institute's mission to build partnerships and collaborations with government, business, and individuals in India, the UK and elsewhere.

We have already established a number of such partnerships with government ministries, private enterprises and individual supporters, each of which are on course to yield tangible outcomes in academic scholarship and research, in teaching, in policy interventions, and in wider public debate concerning India and its global context. 


The Avantha Group

One of India's leading global business organisations, the Avantha Group is committed to developing good citizenship and has a strong record of supporting social issues.

The Thapar University - which is one of the pioneering technology institutes in India - embodies this philosophy, giving poor and academically disadvantaged children opportunities to excel.

In November 2011, the Institute received a gift of £3.5 million from Mr Gautam Thapar, Chairman & CEO of The Avantha Group, to establish the Avantha Chair accompanying the Directorship of the King's India Institute.

Professor Sunil Khilnani has been appointed as the first holder of this prestigious new position. This gift represents a significant investment at an early stage of the Institute's life, and provides essential support as the Institute establishes itself as a globally recognised leader in research and policy analysis on India. Mr Thapar is a member of the Institute's Senior Advisory Council.


Charles Wallace India Trust

The Charles Wallace India Trust gives grants to Indian citizens resident in India who are in the early or middle stages of their careers and are working or studying in the arts, heritage conservation or the humanities.

The grants enable successful applicants to achieve their artistic, academic or professional ambitions through spending time in the United Kingdom.

The King’s India Institute hosts a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship for one term every two years.

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Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

The ICCR was established in 1950 to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries. As part of this commitment, ICCR and King's College London signed an agreement to sponsor an annual ICCR Visiting Professorship to be held at the India Institute.

This agreement strengthens our commitment to pursue continuous exchanges of ideas and to generate debates with our colleagues based in India.

Holders of the ICCR Chair help to develop research and teaching at King's and at their own home institutions.

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