Bethesda-Khankho Foundation


About BKI

Bethesda Khankho Institute (BKI) is a Centre for Integrated Studies in North-East India. It is the initiative of local people to promote a deeper study of indigenous knowledge for sustainable global society. BKI is the project of Bethesda-Khankho Foundation, Manipur, India.

As an academic institution, Bethesda Khankho Institute is committed to integral education, Indigenous studies, Participatory learning, research and publication.

The Institute is the fruit of what was earlier known as Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC) hosted online for lay people and students among Indigenous people.

We seek to prepare contextually well-rooted communities of faith for sustainable global society. We are strong on partnership with others who share the same conviction and commitment.

We are committed to:

(1) Study of Indigenous Knowledge. (2) Tracing the complex social, religious, cultural, economic and political developments that marginalises the place and role of the (3) Indigenous people and their heritage in the development of knowledge. (4) Analysing and interpreting Indigenous people’s life-world for the enrichment of human knowledge, community transformation and faith expression. (5) Conversing with others in a global community who have experience in and interest for integrated studies, particularly in the field of Indigenous knowledge. (6) Exploring the ways and means of integrating Indigenous knowledge into modern education in order to contribute toward building sustainable global society and ecological peace. (7) Researching and promoting integrated studies.

Our current activities:

Our new projects and Programmes:

Collaborating Institutions: Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.


The activities of Bethesda Khankho Institute (BKI) for integrated studies is overseen by an Ecumenical Body of Indigenous scholars approved by the Board of Trustees of Bethesda-Khankho Foundation which includes Rev. Dr. Jangkholam Haokip as its Director, Rev. Dr. V. Lalnghakthang Khawbung (Reformed Presbyterian Church, NEI), Fr. Peter (Bishop House member, Imphal), Dr Hemchon (Trulock Theological Seminary, Imphal), Dr B.L. Nongbri (John Robert Theological Seminary, Shillong), and Dr Songram Basumatary (Gurukul Theological College, Chennai) as members.

International Consultants:

BKI works with a larger group of International scholars as consultants including Prof Brian Stanley, Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, UK, Dr. David Smith, Honorary Lecturer in the School of Divinity, Philosophy and History, University of Aberdeen, UK and Dr. James Krabill, Core Adjunct Professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, USA.