The Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs) was first established in November 2011 at Edinburgh Napier University with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
ScoTs became a Charitable Trust on 18 September 2020. Registration no: SC050485
It remains a Scottish Research and Culture Centre dedicated to Scottish-Indian collaboration and global engagement. It is a Scottish Centre which is a hub for international collaborative research and culture.
ScoTs Mission Statement
Rabindranath Tagore is world-famous for his poetry, songs and dramas, but he was also a profoundly important educator and a deeply perceptive environmental thinker, the type of thinker that the world needs today. Tagore shares a great deal with his friend the pioneering ecologist Patrick Geddes, whom he described as having ‘the precision of the scientist and the vision of a prophet; and at the same time the power of an artist to make his ideas visible’. Tagore’s appreciation of Patrick Geddes is instructive because it reminds us that Tagore was himself not only a great educator but, like Geddes, one of the great interdisciplinary educators.
One of the roles of The Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs) is to stress Tagore’s educational achievement and its importance for the world today. In doing so we are fortunate to be based in Patrick Geddes’s homeland of Scotland, working in a way that is informed by the local and international achievements of both Geddes and Tagore.