An Evolving Relationship: The University of Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
In an administrative change, the University of Oxford is removing the category of "Recognised Independent Centre". This change applies to the centres recognised by this title – the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) among them. It affirms the full independence of the OCHS and a new basis for continued collaboration with the University.
The University sees the OCHS as an outstanding research centre that is integral to the development and support of Hindu studies at Oxford University. Academics in the University and the Centre – some holding positions in both – have close relationships in teaching and research, and the OCHS is an important funder of research for Hindu Studies. Many University students and alumni have had their learning enriched by the academic activities and resources that the OCHS has generously made available. Both the University and the OCHS intend to continue and deepen this relationship in the future.
“The focussed scholarship and deep expertise of the Centre has enabled it to provide a valued resource to the University’s academics and students who are active in the field of Hindu Studies, and we welcome continuing our close and collaborative relationship”.
Prof Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
The OCHS and the Faculty of Theology and Religion have been collaborating since the inception of the OCHS in 1997. Building on the contribution that OCHS scholars currently provide to Hindu Studies at Oxford, we look forward to working together to establish our new relationship, anchored in the Faculty of Theology and Religion.
“Moving forward together is not as dramatic as a rebirth, but a maturing of our relationship – standing together as two independent institutions, building on our success to nurture the emerging field of Hindu Studies in Oxford.”
Shaunaka Rishi Das, Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.
Issued jointly by the University of Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies