The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has announced an exciting new LSE-India programme, designed to advance the relationship between the School and India and provide new opportunities for Indian students and academics.
The new programme, which draws together the different strands of LSE’s work with India, aims to increase the number of Indian students at the School, provide more scholarships and promote research and teaching on India.
The programme will support new courses on Indian economics, politics and society and will promote a ‘leadership programme’ of activities and events for Indian students at the School.
In addition, the programme will support visits to India by groups of students and faculty to deliver courses and contribute to teaching and research. Likewise, it will encourage visits and research-stays at LSE by faculty from India.
As India builds its role as a major world power, LSE’s new School of Public Policy, established to train the decision-makers of tomorrow, will play an integral part in the programme, equipping Indian students to be future leaders. All of these activities will be supported by an LSE-India fund.
The launch of the new programme comes as the Director of LSE, Dame Minouche Shafik, arrives in India for a week.
Arriving in Delhi on 9 September Minouche will take part in a number of high-profile meetings with academics and policymakers to promote LSE’s work in India and establish new relationships. These include a meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
While in Delhi, Minouche will chair a research conference on economic growth in India. Hosted by the International Growth Centre (IGC), the conference will present frontier research from LSE economists on key growth challenges in India, such as climate change and women in the labour market.
On 11 September, Minouche will fly to Mumbai where she will give a public lecture on rethinking social contracts for the 21st century and meet with alumni.
Commenting on the LSE-India programme and her visit to India, Director of LSE Minouche Shafik said:
“LSE’s rich collaboration with India has existed since the School’s founding in 1895 and we are proud to have significant Indian figures such as B R Ambedkar amongst our alumni.
“The LSE-India programme reaffirms our partnership and commitment to India and will ensure the relationship between the School and India continues to develop and flourish. With over 60 faculty members conducting research on India and around 300 students from India currently at LSE, the programme will provide further exciting opportunities for students and academics.”