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Green Templeton College | Oxford

The Choudhrie Library is formally opened. Photo courtesy of Charles Shearn

The main reading room in Green Templeton's new Library and Learning Resources Centre has been named The Choudhrie Library in recognition of the generous and continued support of the Choudhrie family for the College and its activities.

The Choudhrie Library was formally named by Principal Professor Sir David Watson and Sudhir and Bhanu Choudhrie in a small ceremony at GTC on Monday 10 February. The official opening follows the completion of the first phase of the College's Advanced Studies in January after a year of building and refurbishment work. Also present to express the University's appreciation was the Bodley's Librarian, Richard Ovenden

Over a number of years, the Choudhrie family and their London-based investment company C&C Alpha Group Ltd (CCAG) have donated and pledged more than £2.3 million to Green Templeton, supporting both the College's pioneering Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) and the development of the College infrastructure. The latter includes the establishment of the Advanced Studies Centre (of which the Choudhrie Library is a key element) and further restoration of the historic 18th century Radcliffe Observatory, at the heart of the College.

The Choudhrie Library is located on the ground floor of the Walton Building and is home to a collection of books and study materials that span the full disciplinary range of programmes studied at GTC, including management, medicine and social sciences. Mr Ovenden commented: "This is a significant addition to the University's family of libraries and will make a substantial contribution to the work of students, fellows and visiting academics."

The new library, which includes two further reading rooms, offers enhanced study and learning spaces and a 21st century library service that better supports the needs of its students. It is part of the broader GTC Advanced Studies Centre (ASC) project which has seen the improvement of other academic facilities including an IT centre, a work-room for fellows, further study and seminar space, and the E P Abraham Lecture Theatre.

In January 2014, it was announced that C&C Alpha Group Ltd, founded by Bhanu Choudhrie in 2002, would continue its support of the annual GTC Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) for a further four years from 2015. C&C Alpha Group Ltd has supported the Symposium since it began in 2008, since then it has developed a significant reputation as a GTC academic initiative. The Symposium brings together influential leaders from around the world in a dedicated forum to systematically address issues of human welfare that are critical in emerging market countries.

Sir David comments: "Up-to-date facilities are vital for GTC to fulfil its ambitions to lead the way in graduate education in Oxford and to provide the best possible environment for its students and fellows. We are grateful to the Choudhrie family and the C&C Alpha Group Ltd for their generosity and support in helping us realise our vision for how the College's facilities can assist the achievement of our academic goals."

In a brief speech before cutting the ribbon to the Choudhrie Library, Mr Sudhir Choudhrie said: "Green Templeton is renowned for its academic excellence. We are proud to be associated with the College, and especially honoured that this new facility will bear the Choudhrie name."