By: Keerthi Mohan
A LEADING Asian hotelier has pledged to continue supporting a module on Modern Indian Philosophy at SOAS University of London.
Koolesh Shah, who heads London Town Group of Companies Ltd, is the chairman of the Sri Aurobindo Trust, which promotes the teachings of philosophers Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
His support has enabled SOAS to run the module for the past three years.
Last week, Shah pledged that support would continue for a further three years.
SOAS development officer Stuart Linnett said, “The study of religions has been an integral focus of the university teaching and research programmes since SOAS was founded over one hundred years ago.”
Shah, said “We are delighted to work in partnership with SOAS to extend the module on the teachings of the internationally-acknowledged Indian philosopher and mystic, Sri Aurobindo.
“His teachings have a universal appeal as they offer a unique insight into human nature and the human potential for evolution and world unity.
“Given SOAS’ reputation as a global resource centre and an internationally acknowledged academic institute, we believe SOAS is the best partner in furthering our mission of making Sri Aurobindo’s teachings accessible to all.”
The module will continue to be aimed primarily at undergraduate students and those on taught master’s courses. It carries 25 per cent of the total marks for that academic year, and the module comprises one written examination, course work and the field project.
As part of the module, several SOAS students can visit Pondicherry and Auroville in south India for a bespoke 10-day programme where they can see the practice of the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo.