An agreement signed on the 28th November 2017 will see the continuation of the prestigious ICCR Fellowship at King’s India Institute. Signed by Ms Riva Ganguly Das, ICCR Director General, and Professor Funmi Olonisakin, King’s Vice President (International) the agreement will facilitate a new Chair in Contemporary India at King’s for the next 3 years. Established in 2014 The ICCR Chair supports the deepening of intellectual links between India and the UK through facilitating mobility of outstanding India-based academics. Previous Chairs including Prof Niraja Gopal Jayal (JNU), an expert on citizenship, politics and governance in India, and Prof Reetika Khera (IIT Delhi), an economist who works on welfare and social security in India.
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 will jointly 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.
Professor Olonisakin commented: ‘We are delighted to be renewing our relationship with the ICCR. The work of previous chairs under this scheme has contributed greatly to intellectual links between the UK and India and we are honoured to have hosted such esteemed researchers’.
Dr Louise Tillin, (Interim) Director of King’s India Institute commented: ‘We are thrilled to have renewed our relationship with the ICCR. This programme enables intensive scholarly exchange between India and the UK. We are looking forward to welcoming our next ICCR Chair in Contemporary India to King’s.’
Read about Visiting Professors of the ICCR Chair here.