William Hague 'Now is the time to study India'
King’s has formally launched its India Institute, marked by a celebration in the Great Hall on India’s Republic Day.
Two hundred guests attended the formal launch in January, including UK Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon William Hague and the Acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Rajesh Prasad.
‘Now is the time to study India, to invest in India and to work with India,’ the Foreign Secretary told guests. ‘The rise of India and other nations is good for the people of those countries; it is good for the world; and it brings immense opportunities for a country like Britain that is able to seize them.’
The India Institute is part of King’s initiative to establish a suite of global institutes focused on contemporary developments in fast-changing parts of the world. As part of the College’s broader internationalisation strategy, these institutes aim to contribute to a growing understanding of specific nations and regions that will be 21st century cultural, political and economic powers.
In November 2011, the India-based Avantha Group and its Chairman, Gautam Thapar, awarded the College £3.5 million to establish the Avantha Chair within the India Institute. The first holder of this post is Director, Professor Sunil Khilnani (pictured above with William Hague).
‘The India Institute is uniquely designed to enable study of modern India in a way that is unusual in the academic world – through a range of disciplines – from security, peace and conflict studies, terrorism, politics, law, science, globalisation and development studies,’ said Professor Khilnani.
‘Our students will develop skills to contribute to contemporary India's human development and international influence, and ultimately to worldwide understanding of India's changing global role. With the comparative framework offered by the Brazil, China and the upcoming Russia Institute, the programmes at the India Institute are uniquely designed to equip students with the skills and awareness necessary for a successful future in the global economy.’
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