Indo-Canadian Centre

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)

SICI Website: http://www.shastriinstitute.org

Prof. Devasish Bose
Incharge SICI
Ph. No. 9425425032
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About Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) is a unique bi-national organization, mandated by the governments of India and Canada to promote, facilitate and nurture academic linkages, collaborations & exchanges, research partnerships, and networks on bi-national corridors. With its physical presence in New Delhi, India and Calgary, Canada, and a strong base of 142 Indian and 37  Canadian member institutions, for the past 54 years, SICI is the only organization in the Canada-India higher education corridor that is instrumental in building and strengthening intellectual and cultural relationship through research and dialogue. Funded by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, it supports diverse disciplines including Social Sciences, Humanities, Science & Technology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Arts, Literature, Culture, Law, Business, Economic Reform, etc., and covers all levels of higher education from undergraduate to postdoc and from faculty to collaborative research.

SICI was founded through a mutual proclamation of the governments of Canada and India. The Institute was named after Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, one of India's most prominent and dynamic Prime Ministers. The promotion of university-level studies and research on India in Canadian educational institutions was the Institute's initial purpose. With its early focus on the humanities and social sciences, the Institute devised various programs including fellowships and providing books and journals pertaining to India to the libraries of the three founding Canadian members of the Institute - McGill University, University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto. From that modest beginning, the Institute grew by expanding wider support for other domains of studies and by the addition of more Canadian members. 2005 was a landmark year in its history when the Institute became a truly bi-national organization supported equally by both governments. It has helped enhance mutual understanding by sharing ideas, books, and periodicals, fostering exchanges between students and faculty, funding research, stimulating discussions, and promoting academic collaborations.

 Mission

“To improve the quality of life of the peoples of Canada and India by building and strengthening intellectual and cultural linkages through research, dialogue and exchange”

Our broad-based initiatives support the creation of binational links between academia, government, the business community, and civil society organizations by funding research and hosting seminars. Our internships and fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to gain first-hand experience in India or Canada. In addition, our book and journal program provides valuable resources to students and faculty at our member universities.

History

The Shastri Institute has been instrumental in building understanding, respect, and goodwill between our two great countries for the last fifty years.

The idea of an Institute to promote scholarly activity between India and Canada was first conceived by Michael Brecher, a Political Science Professor at McGill University. In 1966, Brecher informally broached the idea to the visiting Indian Finance Minister T. T. Krishnamachari who immediately replied that it was a “splendid idea.” In 1967 a joint announcement of the Government of Canada and the Government of India gave birth to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Initially, our focus was to encourage University level Canadian teaching and research on India. With an emphasis on the humanities and social sciences, our programs funded fellowships and distributed Indian books and journals to the libraries of its Canadian member institutions. The growing interest in India Studies among Canadian academics led to a reciprocal interest in Canada among Indian scholars. In the early 1980s, we began to promote Canadian Studies in India. More recently, our activities have broadened further into the field of development studies and sustainability. Institute started supporting research in the area of Science and Technology as it became binational in the Year 2005.

Today, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute maintains offices in Canada and India. Our Canada office is located on the premises of the University of Calgary, which are provided to us at no cost by the University’s Board of Governors. Our India Office is located in central New Delhi and was built with Canadian Government funds on land provided by the Government of India.