Prime News, International, England, July 15:- Further targeting the Nehru-Gandhi family Modi government reached England where Oxford center reportedly dropped the Indira name through pressure from India.
The center has been established in 2013 with a GBP3 million grant from India and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) was named the Indira Gandhi Centre for Sustainable Development at its launch during the tenure of the Manmohan Singh government.
Indira Gandhi studied Modern History in Somerville college in 1937, the report citing Education Brief” of the Indian government dated December 1, 2016, which suggested the name was changed during the year 2016.
College officials however, stated that there had been no pressure or suggestion from New Delhi to change the name.
Alice Prochaska, principal of the college, said that “The prestigious building is a long-term plan and if we achieve it, will be larger than only the IG Centre but will include the IG Centre.”
Alice Prochaska said that while we are using the overarching name of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development for the current activity, which includes the Indira Gandhi Scholars and programme,” she further added.
The college brief states that “The Indira Gandhi Centre for Sustainable Development (IGCSD), established at the College with Government of India providing seed money of GBP3 million has begun work. The Centre is now called Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD).
OICSD would be housed in a new building on Oxford University’s Redcliff Observatory Quarter adjacent to Somerville College. The Centre would be fully established in time for the centenary celebrations of Smt Gandhi’s birth on November 19, 1917.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)