Friends and Benefactors

Friends and Benefactors of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies comprise an informed community of people united by a concern for Indian culture and its study at the highest level. They give of their time and money, they lend their reputation to the work of the Centre, and they give freely of their valuable expertise. Our Friends and Benefactors ensure that the work of the Centre retains a global focus, serving the communities it engages with.

We invite you to join our Friends and Benefactors. Your contribution will directly aid the development and promotion of academic excellence in Hindu Studies through an unbiased and structured programme of education, research, and publishing.

We are very fortunate to have dedicated and supportive friends groups who engage in activities at the centre and help out in many different ways. We currently have three friends groups, these are Friends of OCHS Birmingham, Friends of OCHS Leicester, and Friends of the OCHS USA. If you are further interested in the activities of our friends groups you can find more information on this page or have a look in our annual reports, where you will find a section dedicated to our friends. 

Friends Groups

Friends of OCHS Birmingham

Jyoti Patel
Raj Patel
Yogesh Patel
Subrata Roy
Meena Sodha
Nitin Sodha

Friends of OCHS Leicester

Alkaji Agarwal 
Dr Virendra Agarwal
Raj Chauhan 
Ramila Chauhan 
Dr Ranjit Johri
Sumanji Johri
Bina Modi
Prafullaben Raja 
Deepak Samani
Manishbhai Thakrar 
Shobhaben Trivedi

Friends of OCHS USA

Mr Robert Cohen
Shaunaka Rishi Das
Dr S. Bhattacharya-Ford
Mr Todd Wahlstrom

It is a great honour to be received so warmly by this ancient and renowned University. I am particularly struck by the long-standing and profound links between India and Oxford, and how, through the OCHS, the field of Hindu Studies is flourishing here. I hope that my visit may serve to nurture this important relationship.
Amitabh Bachchan
OCHS Benefactor
You may be surprised to learn that the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is the only centre of its kind in the world. Bringing together respected scholars from all over the globe, the Centre is establishing a balanced view of the Hindu heritage and what it means to be a Hindu today. Hindus and non-Hindus are learning together and thus building bridges between cultures, philosophies and worldviews. I am particularly inspired by the graduates of the Centre-bright, young people, who as Masters and Doctors can authoritatively represent Hindu traditions to the most learned of intellectuals, the religious community, the media and government. These are graduates of whom we can be truly proud. This is why I have been so enthusiastic to support the Centre's work since its inception. I am thoroughly encouraged by the Centre's continuing progress in the areas of cultural preservation, research, and positive educational programmes. I would like to invite you to join me and become a Friend of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Together we can ensure that this essential Centre of learning is able to meet the needs of future generations.
Lord Dholakia OBE
OCHS Benefactor