India Chair to be set up at Chatham House
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India Chair to be set up at Chatham House

The chair will conduct a two-year research into the Indian diaspora's contribution the world over, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:20 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt

An India Fellowship Chair is to be set up at the prestigious Royal Institute of International Affairs, better known as Chatham House, where it's offices are situated. It will conduct a two-year research programme for "The Global Position of India in 2010".

The research would tap the contribution of the Indian diaspora the world over and the economic and political impact they have made, along with India's increasing global contribution through technological revolution and its part in firming and spreading the democratic values.

The Chairman of Chatham House, Lord Marshall, speaking at a special lunch meet to raise funds for the project at Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords, said that the Royal Institute was "an authoritative entity about international affairs" and the research would help India get the focus and attention it deserves at international level.

He said India was very important for Chatham House and he was happy that the Asia Programme launched last year was now branching out for a proper focus on the country. Last year the institute had in collaboration with Cambridge University focussed on China. "It is important now to study the global position of India in the next few years. China and India account for one-third population of the world."

Lord Dholakia expounded on the contributions being made by the Indian diaspora the world over. They are, indeed, now global citizens, he said, and the research will help in determining the value of the intellectual property India has acquired through them.

The Commonwealth Secretary General, McKinnon, also said that the Chair was very welcome because India has a very important role and place in the world. "Commonwealth would not have existed if Jawaharlal Nehru had not agreed that India as a Republic would become a member." He added that India was becoming an economic and technological powerhouse.

Raj Loomba, a Trustee of Chatham House and member of its Council and also the one who initiated the move to establish a Chair there, informed that the cost would be one hundred thousand pound a year, half of which would be subsidised by the Institute.

He has undertaken to raise the rest of the amount. He announced at the meet that two donations of £10,000 each for the successive two years had already been received, apart from £5000 from smaller donations. The Acting Indian High Commissioner S Pal said the Indian High Commission welcomed the move and would give all possible assistance.

First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST