On 20 January 2006, the Prime Minister of The Netherlands, H.E. Dr. Mr. Jan
Peter Balkenende visited JNU as part of his state visit to India and delivered a
lecture on The European Union and India: Unity in Diversity. On this occasion he
also announced a gift of EURO 50,000 to the Centre for European Studies to set
up a library and state of the art lecture cum seminar room. Named after the
famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), the Rembrandt Room houses
the library called the Erasmus Collection. The Erasmus collection is named after Desiderius Erasmus (1466 or 1469 - 1536), a Dutch Renaissance humanist. With
over 500 books on the shelves, the students and faculty of the Centre for
European Studies will have access to the Erasmus collection which focuses on
Contemporary Europe and issues of international politics, thereby enhancing both
the teaching and research quality.
The Netherlands Prime Minister's Grant is coordinated by Professor. Ummu Salma Bava, Professor for European Studies in the Centre for European Studies and Associate Fellow, Asia Society, New York.