New Delhi: A proposed institute to be set up
in the national capital in collaboration with UNESCO for
promotion of peace and sustainable development in the
subcontinent Monday got the approval of Finance Ministry.
The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) under the Finance
Ministry gave its nod for establishment of Mahatma Gandhi
Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development
The government will invest Rs 100 crore while UNESCO will
put in USD 5 lakh (Rs 2.5 crore) for setting up the
The UNESCO in October last year had given its approval to
India`s proposal to set up a world-class institute.
The UNESCO Category-I Institute will foster a culture of
peace through education and promote sustainable economic and
social development and respect for human rights. It will work
in several areas, including global warming and
It will do research on Gandhian thoughts on social
justice, equity and peace.
At present, there are 11 UNESCO Category-I institutes and
most of them are located in developed countries.