Edinburgh India Institute

India and the University of Edinburgh

India and the University of Edinburgh, 1790 to the present

The University of Edinburgh has a long series of connections with India, starting in the late 18th century. Principal William Robertson wrote an influential early text on India's histry and contemporary situation, and three later Principals had previously worked in India. For more information on these Principals, see here.

The University has trained many students from India: more details on some of them can be found here.

Graduates of the University went on to work as doctors, soldiers, missionaries and teachers in India: more details on some of them can be found here.

The University has awarded honorary degrees to people from India, as well as many who made their careers there: more details are here

One particularly colourful character, who not only gained a medical degree but also an honorary doctorate, was  Kumar Sri Bhagvatsinghji Sangramsinhji Sahib, Yuvaraja Sahib of Gondal, (1865-1944), known for short as Bhagvat Singh

Narayana Menon gained a PhD in 1942, and went on to become Director-General of All-India Radio

Alumni of the University, and others with more indirect links, have donated art objects and rare books, manuscripts, paitings and other works of art to the University. A description of some of those used in a recent exhibition, Highlands to Himalays, can be found here.