Cultural link with India

The University is strengthening its links with India through a new partnership with an influential cultural body.

The collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will create a Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies at the University, the first of its kind in Scotland.

The agreement - signed by University of Edinburgh Vice Principal International Stephen Hillier and ICCR Director General Shri Suresh K. Goel in Edinburgh on 27 August - will see an Indian academic join the University as a professor.

The organisations hope that this marks the first step in establishing a permanent relationship that could lead to the creation of a Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies at Edinburgh.

The ICCR seeks to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchange. It currently funds two chairs at British universities, and also supports the Nehru Centre in London.

It is my hope that this appointment will strengthen our excellent relationship with India, potentially creating more joint opportunities in the future and allowing us to further education across the world.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaUniversity Principal

Strong ties

The agreement with ICCR is the latest link to be forged between the University and India.

In February 2011, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi to collaborate together.

At the same time, it also opened a liaison office in Mumbai, which will simplify communication and collaboration between the University and partners in Indian education, business and government.


Academics from the University discuss the opening of a liaison office in Mumbai and emphasise why it's important to have a presence in India.

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India links

The University has a long tradition of teaching and scholarship relating to India.

Former Edinburgh scholars with Indian links include William Robertson, who wrote one of the earliest European texts on Indian commerce and culture, and Victor Kiernan, known for his translations of the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mohammed Iqbal.

The University is also home to the Centre for South Asian Studies, the principal academic unit in Scotland dedicated to the study of the Indian subcontinent.

The Centre has links with the Scottish Parliament, non-governmental organisations and major educational and cultural groups in South Asia and Scotland.

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