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Partnerships and Support

Partnerships and Support

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. Read more about Charles Wallace Fellows here.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India. Established in 1927, it is a major actor in shaping the policy environment as India's economic growth intensifies. The FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellowship has been established as part of the Federation's long-standing tradition of supporting advancement of knowledge in the wider community. This highly prestigious Fellowship, based at the Institute for a semester every year, deepens our relationship with senior policy-makers, media representatives and the business community in UK and Europe, promoting valuable dialogue and experience-sharing between practitioners and academics. Fellows  are chosen from amongst distinguished figures in business, government policy, economics and media. Read more about FICCI Fellows here.

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. Read about Visiting Professors of the ICCR Chair here.

Indian & European Advanced Research Network (IEARN)

IEARN is an informal network of research institutions based in Europe and in India, whose purpose is to foster research where the cooperation between European and Indian scholars arises through common interests and a sense of shared predicaments. The India Institute has strong links with IEARN though Sunil Khilnani, who was one of its founders and is Chairman of the Steering Committee. The network works to develop communities of academics, intellectuals, practitioners and policy makers, drawn from Europe, India, and across the world. Initially supported by Swiss government funding, IEARN is currently funded by the Riksbanken Jubileumsfond, Sweden.

Mazumdar Studentship

Dr Dipak Mazumdar and Professor Pauline Mazumdar have generously founded the Mazumdar Studentship for Indian Studies in the Social Sciences. This award offers support to outstanding students from all over the world who wish to take their PhD at the India Institute. The first Mazumdar Studentship was awarded to Aasim Khan, who joined the Institute in September 2012 to begin research on his PhD on "Reporting Live from the North Block: Can the Media Really Set India's Foreign Policy Agenda?"

Ministry of Culture, Government of India

The King's India Institute signed an agreement with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in the 150th birth anniversary year of the poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. This partnership establishes the Tagore Centre for Global Thought at the Institute, dedicated to exploring India's intellectual traditions and to engaging in dialogue with wider global debates. The activities of the Centre -- which will include Distinguished Lectures, Visiting Fellowships, PhD Scholarships, series of lectures, film screenings and other events -- seek to further the global implications of modern India's intellectual traditions, and the spirit of Tagore's insights across the world.

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