Events in 2010

Past Events in 2010

International Seminar at IIT Madras
IIT Madras held an international seminar from December 13-15, 2010 titled "Democratization and Cultural Diversity: Contestation and Consensus in EU and India".

Inaguration of "India Study Centre" at Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

On the 3rd December Hochschule Bremen opened its “India Study Centre”. The venue of the opening wasn’t at the university but at the ‘Europe Meeting Point’ in the Parliament Building of the state of Bremen, the smallest state in Germany. The choice of the venue was to symbolize the close connection of India and the European . Among the guests were professors from India, one representative of IIT Madras Chennai, and Prof. Arvind Kumar from Manipal University.


Ms Prof Luckey, VC of Bremen, welcomed the guests. Mr Patnaik, Consul at the Indian Consulate General Hamburg, highlighted the importance of Indo European collaboration in higher education. Mr Podewils gave a detailed overview on the IESCP and the development of its centres, and handed over a document related to the opening ceremony. Prof Jansen, the ‘father’ of the connections of Bremen Hochschule with India, described the history and  the expected future of the centre in Bremen.

The function ended with a Kathak dance by Ms Kepti Apte, a Bremen citizen of Indian origin.

Seminar "Revisiting Research Methods in Social Sciences"

CISCA (Aarhus University, Denmark)  organised a seminar jointly with Sambalpur University titled" Revisiting Research Methods in Social Sciences" from 25th to 27th of November 2010.

View /download the document on the seminar.

View the Programme Schedule.

International Conference on "Implications of the India-EU Free Trade Agreement"

Centre for European Business Studies, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University organised its first International Conference on 'Implications of the India-EU Free Trade Agreement" at Trident Hotel, Mumbai on the 26-27 November 2010.

Visit the University Website about the Conference.
International Seminar on European engagement in Afghanistan at Jawaharlal Nehru University
Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University supported by "Europe Area Study Program" and "India-EU Study Centres Programme" held an International Seminar on "European Engagement in Afghanistan" on the 22nd and 23rd November 2010 at JNU. The Seminar was attended by various experts specilaised on Afghanistan and Her Excellency Ms. Danièle Smadja Ambassador of the EU  being the keynote speaker.

FICCI Higher Education Summit 2010
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) held this year's Higher Edcuation Summit on the 11th and 12th November 2010 at Federation House, Tansen marg, New Delhi. The theme of this year's Summit is "Renovation in Indian Higher Education: renewed Focus on Autonomy, Accountablity and Partnerships".
edu1Inaugurating the FICCI Higher Education Summit 2010, Mr. Kapil Sibal , Honorable Minsiter for Educations, aid that in the higher education sector the private sector wanted total autonomy with no accountability while the Government did not wish to grant full autonomy but expected total accountability from the private players. This was not the way forward, he said, adding that autonomy and accountability must go hand in hand with strong partnerships between the private sector and the Government and between universities at the regional and global levels.
On the occasion, the Minister released the FICCI- Ernst & Young Knowledge Paper titled 'New Realities, New Possibilities: The Changing Face of Indian Higher Education' and the FICCI-CVOTERS Survey on 'Employability Quotient of Undergraduates in India'. He later inaugurated the Exhibition on Higher Education. To read complete Press Release of FICCI about the event, Click here.

International Conference “Unveiling New Chapters of Contemporary India‐EU Studies”

India-EU Study Centres Programme held an International Conference on “Unveiling New Chapters of Contemporary India‐EU Studies” in colloboration with Mangalore and Manipal University on 20th ‐22nd October, 2010 for both New and selected Existing Study Centres.

The Programme was held in two parts: International Seminar on " The European in Changing International Order: Issues and Concerns" at Mangalore University on the 20th and 21st October 2010. This was followed by the International Conference on "Unveiling New Chapters on Contemporary India-EU Studies" on the 21st evening and the 22nd October 2010 at the Manipal University. Scholars from both India and Europe participated in the programs and enlightened the gathering of students and other academic professionals throughout.





Programme for the Conference.

The Symbiosis International University organized an International Conference on “Internationalization of Higher Education with Special Reference to Management Education”, at Lavale, Pune, India on 14 - 15 October, 2010

The objectives of the conference were to provide academicians, business leaders, students and researchers, a platform to present and discuss various aspects of Internationalization of Higher Education.

Download the conference brochure.

European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies 2010

The European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS) in collaboration with the University of BONN, Germany organised their 21st Conference titled "European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies 2010" (ECMSAS) between 26th and 29th July 2010 at the University of Bonn, Germany.

More than 420 scholars, seniors as well as PhD students, participated coming from all over Europe, from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh . They presented 400 papers at 44 panel sessions. The Team Leader, Mr Podewils had the chance to introduce IESCP during the opening ceremony. Ms Julia Schwarzenberger, DAAD joined Mr. Podewils and a lot of networking was done creating not only better visibility for the programme but also creating new partners in the process.

Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman University Grants Commission, India delivered the Ambedkar Lecture: “Identity, Social Exclusion and Deprived Groups - Search for Inclusive Society in Contemporary International Context”.  For more details about the Conference,  please visit the Conference Website: Abstarcts of the papers presented are also avilable in the form of a Conference booklet which can be viewed / dowloaded from

International Workshop at IIT Madras

Centre for Comparative European Studies under Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Indian Institute of Technology Madras held an International Workshop titled "Democracy, Global Politics and International Relations" with the topic "Reinterpreting State" between June 28 to July 3, 2010 at the IIT Campus.




For more details, viist the IIT Madras, Study centre's web site.

European Workshop for Study Centres


India-EU Study Centres programme held an European Workshop for Contemporary India Study Centres in europe and EU Study centres in India from the 17th to 21st June 2010. The workshop was hosted by Aarhus University in Denmark and Freie University Berlin.





For a detailed agenda for the workshop click here. View the presentations made in the workshop.

Presentation of the Survey Findings of European Researchers in India (including Europeans commuting between Europe and India) towards developing a Network of European Researchers in India Organised by the Delegation of the European to India, Friday, 4th June 2010, 10:00 – 12:30, Taj Mahal Hotel, Longchamps Room, 1, Mansingh Road, New Delhi.
For further information, visit the website.

DAAD Conference on Germany and Europe - Borders and Frontier Runners
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in collaboration with the "Social Science Research Center, Berlin" organised a conference on "Germany and Europe - Borders and Frontier Runners"  and i theentres for German and European studies have participated. The conference was held from 5th - 8th of May 2010 in Berlin. More details about the conference can be found at:

Indo-European Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education
University of Delhi, India-EU Study Centres Programme and Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window 13/15, India have jointly organised an international Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The Conference was held on the 6th and 7th May 2010 at the Conference Centre of University of Delhi, north campus. The conference was attended by over 300 delegates from India and Europe.
For viewing the photographs / presentations made in this conference, please visit the conference website

Manipal Centre for European Studies - Inauguration of the "Dwaita Philosophy Resource Centre"

Vedanta_754483_1Manipal Centre for European Studies  inaugurated the "Dwaita Philosophy Resource Centre"at Manipal Centre for European Studies on Monday, March 22, 2010




CII-AIU : Global Summit on Higher Education

CII_1Global Summit on Higher Education, was organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on the 16th and 17th of February 2010 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. More than 40 Vice Chancellors, Directors, Policy makers and stakeholders from various Universities / Institutions from different parts of the country took part in the Summit. Industry was  represented by Microsoft, IBM, Intel, CISCO, PwC, E&Y, Mindlogicx, NIIT and many others. Foreign Universities e.g., Cardiff University, UK, Melbourne University, Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales had also participated in the Summit.

Mr. Kapila Sibal, Honorable Minister for Education, Government of India had delivered his special Key Note speech on the 16th February 2010.

Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader of the India-EU Study Centres programme has participated as one of the panelist in the session titled " India- the knowledge destination: the way forward and shared his views on the subject.

Inauguration of  "Contemporary India Study Centre" at Aarhus University, Denmark

Aarhus University, Denmark (Department of History and Area Studies) inaugurated the "Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA)" on the 12th February 2010 at the University Campus. The Inauguration Ceremony was attended by Mr.Martin Alstrom, Head of Information, Delegation of the European to Denmark; HE  Yogesh Kumar Gupta, Ambassador of India in Denmark and Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader, IESCP besides the Academia for the University.



The opening of the CISCA was combined with the first Indo-European Annual Lecture presented by the Indian Ambassador to Denmark. The University Director described the changes of Aarhus University and the role which CISCA is expected to play as part of the reorganisation. The Indian community of Aarhus and representatives of the corporate sector were invited and present.

The University Director Jœrgen Jœrgensen explained the university's vision to become one of the leading world players among the research universities.

Inauguration of the European Studies Programme at Delhi University

Delhi University inaugurated the "European Studies Programme" on the 28th January 2010. The Inauguration was held between 1000 and 1100 hrs on the 28th January 2010 at the 'Old Viceregal Lodge'  at the University Campus. The Inauguration ceremony was chaired by Professor. Rajni Palriwala, Coordinator for the European Studies Programme and attended by Prof. S.K. Tandon, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Retd.) Andre Beteille, Prof. (Retd.) J.P.S. Uberoi, and number of luminaries from Indian and European Universities. There were about 100 participants who had gathered to witness the inauguration.


Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in India: Ms. Daniele Smadja,  Mr. Hans Schoof, Head of Operations, Mr. Fernando Nino Page, Head of Economics section, Ms. Francesca Pessina, Programme Manager (IESCP) and Ms. Sarojini Kaul, Project Manager from the EU Delegation in India attended the Inauguration.

The Inauguration was  followed by workshop with several sessions until 30th January 2010.

Inauguration of the Contemporary India Study Center at Warsaw University, Poland

University of Warsaw inaugurated its Contemporary India Study Center at the University Campus on the 28 January 2010. The inauguration was under the patronage of the polish Ministries for Economy, Education and Foreign Affairs. On the Dias were  Prof Lengauer, Deputy Rector; Prof Jerzy Szwed, Secretary Ministry of Education; Dr Pawel Wojciechowski, Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ms Marie-Therese Duffy-Haeusler, Director EC Information Office Warsaw; Mr Rajesh Vaishnaw, Charge D'Affairs, Indian Embassy and Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader, India-EU Study Centres Programme.


Prof Edward Halizak, Director of the Institute International Relations gave an introduction. This was continued by words of the guests sitting on the dias, and a presentation by Dr Jakub Zajaczkowski. At the end members of the consortium delivered short messages as well, Prof Sarangi for University of Hyderabad, Dr Ben Slay for the United Nations Development Programme, and Prof Luciano Segreto, University of Florence.

Please visit University of Warsaw Website to know more.


The Erasmus Mundus Info Day on 22 January provided more information on the Call. It explained the application process and documents, and give tips and advice on how to prepare a strong proposal under all three of the Actions. The Info Day took place in Brussels, and was broadcast live via web streaming. Participants at the event, and people following the sessions on line were able to post questions. A partner search mechanism was also made available.

More information on the Erasmus Mundus website:

Inauguration of the EU Study Centre at IIT, Madras
IIT Madras  inaugurated it's newly established "Centre for Comparative EU Studies" on the 20th January 2010 at the IIT Campus. The Inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr. Fernando Nino Page, Head of Economic Cooperation of the Delegation of the European in India; Prof. V. G. Idichandy, Deputy Director, IIT Chennai; Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader IESCP besides others.
Please visit IIT Madras web site for more details.

Joint workshop of IESCP for the existing and New Study Centres
India-EU Study Centres Programme  organized its first combined workshop for the existing Study centres [selected to receive Technical Assistance] and the new Study Centres [selected by the EC delegation in India for receipt of grants] on the 20th and 21st January 2009 at the IIT Madras campus, in continuation of the Inauguration of the EU Study Centre of IIT Chennai.
The workshop was attended by the representatives of all the selected study centres besides the Senior Officials of the Delegation of the European in India (Mr. Fernando Nino Page, Head of Economic Cooperation and Ms. Sarojini Kaul, Project Manager) and the Technical Assistance Team of IESCP.
Please visit this space again for more details.

Inauguration of the Contemporary India Study Centre at Warsaw University, Poland

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, in collaboration with the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw, United Nations Development Programme and India-EU Study Centres Programme, held an inauguration ceremony of the Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies.


The inauguration ceremony was held on January 14, 2010 at the residence of the Ambassador of Poland to India in New Delhi and was attended by the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European in India, Ms. Daniele Smadja,  Ambassadors of the Polish and Spanish Embassies and invited delegates from the partner Universities, Academia and Business Associations.
The second stage of the Inauguration was held at the Warsaw University on the 28th January 2010.

Inauguration of the European Study Centre  by Symbiosis Centre for International Education
Symbiosis Centre for International Education under the aegis of Symbiosis International University has inaugurated  an European Study Centre at Pune on Sunday 10th January 2010. Dr M. Veerappa Moily , Honorable Minister for Law and Justice, Government of India was the Chief Guest. Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader India-Europe Study Centres Programme, and Advocate Mr. Ram Jethmalani,  Former Minister for Law & Justice, Government of India were Guests  of Honor. Dr. S. B Mujumdar President Symbiosis, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University presided over the function.
Click here to visit the website of Symbiosis Society, Pune.
Connections and Dialogue: The European and the Asia Pacific Perspectives, Perceptions and Policies

A Seminar on the above topic was organised by the "European Studies Association - Asia Pacific Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in the Conference Room no. 203, School of International Studies,  JNU Campus, New Delhi on the 8th and 9th January 2010.

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International Conference on "Implications of the India-EU Free Trade Agreement"

Centre for European Business Studies, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University organised its first International Conference on 'Implications of the India-EU Free Trade Agreement" at Trident Hotel, Mumbai on the 26-27 November 2010.

Visit the University Website about the Conference.