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Indian students to visit LSE as part of Ambedkar anniversary

A delegation of Indian students researching social injustice and issues relating to the social reformer and architect of the Indian constitution, Dr B R Ambedkar, will visit LSE as part of celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of Dr Ambedkar’s birth.

The trip to Dr Ambedkar’s alma mater will take place 21-28 November and has been organised by the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in collaboration with the High Commission of India in London, for students who would not otherwise have the resources to visit the UK. They will be hosted by the South Asia Centre at LSE.

Indian studentsThe twenty five postgraduate students will have access to the LSE library and archival resources relevant to their research during their one week study tour. They will attend a series of special lectures, including one on the Indian Constitution by Lord Meghnad Desai and another by Dr Lisa McKenzie on social inequality in Britain.

Visits to the Palaces of Westminster, the British Library, Oxford and Dr Ambedkar’s house on King Henry Road will also take place.

Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the South Asia Centre, said: “The South Asia Centre is proud to host a delegation of research students from India to mark Dr Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. It is a fitting tribute to his legacy to highlight the importance of education, debate and discussion and international thought on national issues of social justice.”

Dr Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner of India in London, said: “We hope this will bea very successful trip to LSE for these Indian students, chosen from across the country. It will include brilliant lectures at Ambedkar Hall in India House, and exhibitions at the LSE Library and British Library of archival documents relating to Dr Ambedkar, all curated by the South Asia Centre. It is a genuine collaborative venture between India House and the South Asia Centre. We should continue such activities in the future".    

Dr Ambedkar studied at LSE between 1916 and 1923 and was awarded a Masters and PhD in Economics. His ground-breaking dissertation was published as The Origin of the Indian Rupee: Its Origin and its solution (1923). He went on to become the leading campaigner against untouchability in India and a vocal supporter for the rights of women and labour. When India became independent he became the first Minister for Law and Justice and Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Indian Constitution.

LSE’s South Asia Centre works with individuals, organisations, think tanks, governments and governmental institutions to create debate about South Asia and reflect its position as a region with global influence.

Posted Monday 23 November 2015