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)
- 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.