School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), has taken up the initiative showcase Bengal's unique heritage and culture in association with British Bengalis, including installation of a Durga idol at its Russell Square campus.
During Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee's 2015 visit to London, the CM had announced Biswa Bangla postgraduate scholarships to students of Bengali at SOAS. The college has also tied up with Presidency University in Kolkata for various exchange programmes.
Ahead of the project's launch in London on February 11, which will also see a Bengali food festival, Michael Hutt, the director of the university's South Asia Institute has written to the London Sharad Utsav to partner the initiative. The project will also work closely with universities like Cambridge to create awareness about heritage buildings and sites in Bengal, the Times of India reported.
Sculptor Halley Goswami will reportedly travel to UK to make the Durga idol at the SOAS campus.