Academic developments at the Centre are being mirrored by organisational developments. One of these has been the first major change to the Board of Governors since its inception. The Board elected Lord Dholakia, OBE, DL, as its chair and is pleased to welcome four new members: Harish I. K. Patel, Promod Thakkar, Dr John Muddiman, and Prof. Martin Goodman, FBA.
Lord Dholakia has been a staunch supporter and advocate of the OCHS since its earliest days and is the Chair of our Annual Revenue Fund. Harish I. K. Patel and Promod Thakkar, respected members of the Asian business community, have been generous with their friendship and business acumen, greatly helping the OCHS on the road to developing a professional infrastructure that will allow its academic achievements to realise their full potential.
Dr Muddiman represents the University's Theology Faculty and Prof. Goodman is the Chair of the Oriental Studies Faculty. Since its inception, the OCHS has worked closely with the Theology and Oriental Studies Faculties to provide teaching and academic programmes for students from any background with an interest in discovering more about the Hindu traditions. The official exchange of members to sit on the governing boards of these two faculties is a major step in cementing the natural academic partnering of the OCHS with Theology and Oriental Studies.
These moves reflect a major scheme of organisational developments in the Centre, and will provide a platform for future provision of teaching, resources, and ground-breaking programmes for students of the University.