New Cambridge University professorship to honour Nehru


New Delhi : To honour India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, an alumnus of Trinity College at Cambridge University, a professorship of Indian Business and Enterprise has been announced at the university.

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The professorship was announced by the vice chancellor of Cambridge University, Alison Richard here Thursday.

The professorship has been set up with a fund of 3.2 million pounds – to be contributed by the Indian government – and will be established at the Judge Business School, Cambridge.

“An Indian academician who has a sound knowledge about Indian business scenario will be considered for the professorship at the Judge Business School. He or she will lead a team of researchers focussing on today’s business environment.”

“The chosen professor will also lead a dedicated Cambridge centre for Indian business,” Richard said.

Some of the themes, which will be covered in the first three years, are technology innovation, emerging global economics, the relationship between economic development and knowledge economy and entrepreneurship.

“In due course of time, an outstanding student from India will be awarded a PhD scholarship to work under the appointed Nehru professor on a research topic agreed by them.

“A panel of experts in the field of Indian business will ultimately announce the name of the professor in the next few weeks,” Richard said.

Arnoud De Meyer, the director of the Judge Business School, said this initiative affirms and strengthens Cambridge’s links with India.

From Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, all are alumni of Cambridge University.

“India and the UK are on the path of a healthy bilateral economic and commercial relationship, arising from a common democratic outlook in both countries. Recent years have seen a surge of investments into the UK from India, particularly in the IT sector.

“Looking at the strong India-UK economic relations we are delighted to host the centre for Indian Business within the Judge Business School,” Meyer said.