Gandhi Institute is initiated to be the Centre of Excellence for dialogues of civilizations that has profound significance for the globalized world which is already in crisis and has a compelling need to create peaceful co-existence among countries based on the philosophy and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi.
Objectives: Gandhi Institute will be Institute for Excellence in training, education, research and social services and engage and promote dialogues of civilizations based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and peace, leadership and global harmony among ASEAN countries and ASIA and extendable to the rest of the world. The Institute is founded on key Gandhian principles, i.e., Ahimsa, Satyagraha, Integrity, Volunteerism and Continuous Development of Individual and Society as well as promotion of relationships in all aspects between the people of India and ASEAN, serving the Look-East policy of the government of India and Look-West policy of Thailand.
Process: The process of establishment lasts for six years, divided into three phases of two years each. Phase 1: laying of the foundation stone to conclusion of the building with establishing networks of young leaders of ASEAN, local, regional, as well as global institutions working for world peace; physical structure well established; Phase 2, permanent office located to Gandhi Institute, establishing graduate programmes, researches, internship and fellowship, and preparation for graduate studies; Phase 3, establishing graduate programmes in preparation for official establishment as a new faculty of Rangsit University.
Funding for the project: The project will be funded by the Government of India and Indian communities, enterprises, private sectors, and philanthropists in Thailand and ASEAN, managed jointly by Rangsit University and the Embassy of India to Thailand in Bangkok; it includes the construction of the main building complex designed by an architect of India. In all, the construction and the academic programmes estimated budget will be around 650 million baht in six years.
Outcomes: Thailand and AEC can improvise new solutions for social and political problems in the region, with new generations of leadership that works with shared vision for world peace and harmony.
Future implications: At the end of six years, Gandhi Institute will be transformed as Gandhi College with the number of graduate and undergraduate students of around 1,000. The project will significantly contribute to fruitful collaborations among ASEAN countries and serve as an international hub that produces leaders for the globalized world based on Gandhian philosophy. It will also strengthen the relationship between ASEAN and India.