In addition to creating and enhancing the students' academic and social life in Oxford, Colleges also play a prominent role in facilitating links with India.

Some colleges have deep historic links with India, dating back to the period of the British Raj, while others have forged more contemporary links.

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Has a number of Indian academics and historic links with India. The College provided financial support for readerships in Indian Law from 1878 and currently hosts the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures (Indian Studies).

Has a large number of Indian academics and strong historic links with India. Had been suggested as the best home for the Oxford Indian Institute (now disbanded), when first conceived.

Hosts the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professorship, which is associated with the Social Sciences Division, launched on 3 June 2011. It honours Sanjaya Lall, who lectured at Oxford from 1965-2005, and was launched with a lecture by Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen. It is currently held by Professor Kenneth Rogoff. Previous holders include Avinash Dixit, Abhijit Banerjee, Paul Krugman, Dani Rodrik, and Robert Wade. 


Global Health Policy Programme

Running between 2012-2017, this programme provided an academic forum to facilitate synergy in research and teaching in global health policies, within and beyond Oxford. The Global Health Policy Programme (GHPP) at Green Templeton College (GTC) encourages and supports researchers, especially doctoral students and junior researchers to undertake pilot research projects in the area of global health policy.

Two pilot projects funded by the seed grant of GHPP was presented in a conference in 2016 titled India: Maternal and Child Health and NCDs and Mental health.

  • Prayas: Position of mental health on the Indian health agenda: A comparative study- The purpose of this research (Prayas, which is a Sanskrit word for endeavour) is to investigate the current state of mental health care provision in two Indian states, Tamil Nadu and Bihar. This study used qualitative and quantitaive methods suggested by World Health organisation (WHO) to evaluate the awareness and the mental health care provision in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The results were helped to determine the gap and the inconsistencies in providing mental health care facilities. 
  • Towards a continuum of healthcare interventions: integrating non-communicable disease prevention into maternal and neonatal care- This study involved the research team to collect data in the slums of Mumbai, evaluating population awareness to NCD risk, access to general and maternal healthcare, socio-economic circumstances, behavioural and nutritional patterns.

    This multi-dimensional data will be used to identify best practice schemes, performing cost-effectiveness analysis; pinpoint stakeholders in a hybrid model and verify feasibility of any proposed integrated schemes to Mumbai.

The Somerville India Centre for Sustainable Development, based at Somerville College, advances India’s sustainable development by bringing different academic disciplines and sectors together to carry out multidisciplinary research. Its scholarship programme is a key strand of this work, supporting talented Indian graduate students who would not otherwise be able to take up their places at Oxford. 


Somerville College India Centre for Sustainable Development


The Asian Studies Centre based in St Antony's College, Oxford has a strong connection with Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, through which themetical topics of discussion and conferences take place. The Centre also works with other asian studies group within the University and hosts various topics of discussion and conferences every year. 

The aim of the centre is to support comparative research in Asia and regional themes, to encourage debate and discussion within St Antony's students and to the broader University students and academics. 

St Antony's College- Asian Studies Centre

St Cross College is the host of the CRISP (Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship) Programme, aimed at mid-career professionals with high potential in the fields of science, innovation and business from India and Sri Lanka. Programme participants become members of the College for the duration of the programme and enjoy alumni benefits upon completion. 


CRISP webpage

The South Asia Research Cluster (SARC) at Wolfson has a strong association with the Contemporary South Asian Studies programme. It hosts a stream of international conferences, a contemporary South Asian film series, panels and round tables, book readings, debates and lectures from distinguished visiting scholars and figures in public life. From 2014 the college has hosted the Safraz Lecture on Pakistan, and an increasing range of activities from around the SARC region.


South Asia Research Cluster