In order to showcase the cultural diversity of India to the Oxford community, the OIS threw a successful Holi party, organised an Indian formal dinner -- the first of many to come, and had Bollywood actors Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak regale the audience with a poetry reading. OIS members also exhibited their culinary and dance skills at the annual International Festival, alongside our neighbours -- the Pakistan and Bangladesh societies.
As part of its commitment to charitable causes, the OIS routinely organises and participates in events to raise money for its partner institutions. This year we contributed to the Bhopal Medical Appeal through the Oxford Town & Gown charity race, as well as fundraising for the Act for Change India.
One of the three founding principles of the OIS is to promote contemporary intellectual thought. To that end, the society invited leading names from the fields of human rights, law, politics to interact with the Oxford community via talks and seminars.