Press Trust of India
July 05, 2012 18:11 IST
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan
and Karan Singh, president of the Indian Council for Cultural
Relations, have joined the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
(OCHS) as its patrons.
As a 'Recognised Independent Centre' of the University of
Oxford, the principal aim of OCHS is the study of Hindu
culture, religion, languages, literature, philosophy, history,
arts and society, in all periods and in all parts of the
world. All Hindu traditions are included.
Mr Bachchan, 69, who visited the centre in May 2011 and
delivered the Distinguished Ford Lecture, said the OCHS is "a
sure means of enhancing the study and propagation of Hindu
Culture, resulting in better understanding."
He was invited to join OCHS as a patron by its governor,
Lord Dholakia, who said the actor's presence on the Patron
Council "would underline the contribution of the arts to the
development of Indian culture and thought through the
Karan Singh, MP, spoke at the OCHS in May 2011 on the
relevance of Indian thought in the modern world.
The OCHS Patrons Council comprises distinguished honorary
members who have made a significant contribution in public
service and to public discourse.
Patrons support the Centre by publicly aligning
themselves with the goal of developing the study of Indian
thought and culture at the highest levels of academia.
The OCHS was founded in 1997 as the world's first academy
of its kind for the study of Hindu culture. Since its
inception the Centre has attracted scholars and students,
launched educational projects, and opened up the field of
Hindu Studies for an international audience.
OCHS provides academic programmes including lectures,
seminars, and conferences. It also publishes the Journal of
Hindu Studies with Oxford University Press and a Hindu Studies
book series with Routledge.