Advisory Body

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- Minister Kapil Sibal (India) and UNESCO’s Director-General at the Institute’s formal signing ceremony.

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute is the most recent of UNESCO’s seven Category 1 Education Institutes and the first for the Asia-Pacific region. Based in New Delhi (India), its work will focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

The Institute’s Expert Advisory Body will meet in early 2013 to advise on the initial phases of the Institute’s establishment. It will be comprised of:

  • Mr Lalit Mansingh, Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India, Ambassador to US and High Commissioner UK
  • Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Professor Emeritus, Thammasat University, Thailand and former Secretary-General, ASEAN
  • Mr. Richard Celeste, Former US Ambassador to India
  • Dr. Dasho Karma Ura, President, Centre for Bhutan Studies, Bhutan
  • Ms. Soo Hyang Choi, Director, Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO, Paris


Ex Officio Members:

  • Mr Ashok Thakur, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • Prof. Govinda, Vice Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration of India (NUEPA)


Observer Members:

  • Mr Shigeru Aoyagi, Director UNESCO office, Delhi
  • Dr Kim, Director UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok

The Institute’s interim Director is Mr Kabir Shaikh. 



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