Chandresh Kumari Katoch, the Minister of Culture, on 2 April 2013 inaugurated the Tagore Centre for Global Thought at India Institute of King’s College, London. Tagore Centre was established as the part of Tagore Commemoration where 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated. The centre will aim at enhancing the Tagore-related, academic intellectual and philosophic work globally.
The basic concept of establishing the centre was promotion of study of liberal arts and support programmes which are associated with the works of Tagore. The centre will display the impact of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on Indian thought and intellectual capability.
Tagore Centre was established in partnership with the India Institute of King’s College, London. The centre was set up after signing of an agreement.
Purpose of setting up Tagore Centre
• The aim of the centre will be to take up five core activities promoting global implications and connections of Indian thought apart from the promotion of Tagore’s cultural legacy and literacy.
• This centre will also promote the research in Tagore’s literature and artistic works in different areas such as art, films and music.
• The centre will also support and promote research students working on the Global Intellectual history of Indian Thought.
• The activities taking place at the centre will include Lecture series on Tagore; Tagore distinguished lectures in Global Thought as well as Doctoral Scholarships and film series based on Tagore Stories and writings.
In order to assist the Tagore Centre, Ministry of Culture in India designated strong administrative architecture which comprises of New Delhi - based Steering Committee headed by the Union Culture Secretary along with the London - based Implementation and Monitoring Committee.
The London - based Implementation and Monitoring Committee is empowered to take decisions in context with centre and its programmes.