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India-EU Study Centres Programme -Newsletter

December2009 -January2010                                                                                                             Vol I Issue I


The India-EU Study Centres Programme is part of the EU-India Joint Action Plan, that implements the  EU-India Strategic Partnership.  EU Study Centres in India and Contemporary India Study Centres in Europe aim to become active and innovative, unique and irreplaceable engines for the development of Indo - European co-operation.

frontSix institutions of higher education, three from India and three from EU Member States were selected  to create new Study Centres after a strong competition. In addition, nine universities, six from India and three from Europe will receive technical assistance in order to strengthen their already existing Study Centres.

Her Excellency, Ms. Daniele Smadja, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European to India recently referred the Study Centres as ‘New Born Babies’ – that have to be nurtured to grow and walk. They have to walk as individuals but, in order to become stronger, they have to learn walking together; only if they go hand in hand, they will become more efficient and successful.

The Web-portal of the India-EU Study Centres Programme will help to exchange, disseminate and share information about the Programme, the selected Centres, joint activities and news in higher education in general. This Newsletter gives its readers the chance to get regular updates on events and progress of the Study-Centres Programme and its partners. 

I would like to encourage you, as a potential reader to subscribe to the E-Newsletter which will be regularly published in our web portal.  It is my strong belief that the portal with its dynamics and wider outreach will continue to foster the India-EU relationship beyond the scope and tenure of the Programme.

Ulrich Podewils
Team Leader IESCP
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The India-EU Study Centres Programme has three areas of intervention:
  1. Upgrading selected existing European Study Centres in India and Contemporary India Study Centres in EU through academic, administrative and institutional capacity building.
  2. Supporting establishment of four new EU Study Centres in India and two Indian Contemporary India Study Centres in Europe.
  3. Promoting a better knowledge about the EU in India and about India in Europe through events, information support, dissemination activities, creation of new and wider networks of EU and Contemporary India Study Centres.

Programme Steering Committee

The Programme Steering Committee (PSC) is guiding the project implementation and monitoring the progress of the activities. The
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD),
  • University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • Association of Indian Universities (AIU), 
  • European Delegation in India (EUD)
are part of the Programme Steering  Committee.
The Committee meets every six months. Based on the periodical reports of the Technical Assistance Team, the PSC will be in charge of identifying the necessary adjustments during the project implementation, will ensure the exchange of information and updates on India-EU Study component developments and provide liaison among the stakeholders.

Psc_newsletterThe First meeting of the Programme Steering Committee took place on the 17th November 2009.

Members of the Programme Steering Committee

goi_logoMinistry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
Department of Higher Education, MHRD, Government of India is responsible for laying down National Policy on Education and overseeing its implementation; Planned Development of University and Higher Education, Technical Education and International Cooperation in Education.
Please visit the Web site of MHRD for more details. 
logougcUniversity Grants Commission (UGC)
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is a very specific Indian organization. It has the unique distinction of being the only grant-giving agency in the country which has been vested with two responsibilities: that of providing funds and that of coordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher education.
Please visit the UGC’s Website for more details.
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) brings together all the universities on a common platform and to promote university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas.
Please visit the AIU’s Website for more details. 
EU_flag_smallDelegation of the European to India (EUD)
It is a diplomatic mission representing the European (EU) to India together with the 27 Member States of the European . It performs a variety of tasks aimed at enhancing relations between the EU and India.
Please visit the Website of the EU Delegation to learn more.

New Study Centres
University of Delhi, India
in partnership with
Ecole Normale Superieure, France
Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Universitaet Potsdam, Germany
International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
[Department of Humanities and Social Sciences]
in partnership with
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
[School of Social and Cultural Studies]
Manipal University, Karnataka, India
in partnership with
Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany

Reutlingen University
ESB Business School in partnership with
SPJain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India
and in association with
Knowledge Foundation, Germany

University of Warsaw, Poland
in partnership with
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
University of Hyderabad, India
United Nations Development Programme – Bratislava Regional Centre

Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
in partnership with
Allahabad University, India
Sambalpur University, India
Sri Venkateshwara College, India

Existing Study Centres
(Receiving Technical Assistance under IESCP)

University of Milan
EU Training Programmes Office
Milano, ITALY
Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences
India Liaison Office Bremen,
Leiden University
Faculty of Humanities,
Pondicherry University
Department of Politics and International Studies,
Puducherry INDIA
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Centre for European Studies; School of International Studies
New Delhi – INDIA
Mangalore University
Department of Political Science
Mangalore, Karnataka, INDIA
Symbiosis International
Pune, Maharastra, INDIA
University of Rajasthan
Dept. of European Language, Literature and Culture Studies
Jaipur –INDIA
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Forthcoming Events
List of Events organized as part of the India-EU Study Centres Programme

  • Global Summit on Higher Education organized by Confederation of Indian Industries, 16-17, February 2010, New Delhi
  • “Quality Assurance in India and Europe: Challenges and Lessons Learnt”- University of Delhi in collaboration with Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window India, April 27-29, 2010, New Delhi
  • Workshops on latest development of Contemporary India and EU Studies in June 2010, Arhus
  • European Conference on Modern South Asia Studies - conference in July 2010, Bonn
  • Workshops on Curriculum Development in September/October 2010, Mangalore and  Manipal
  • Workshop on Project Management at SP Jain Institute of Management, in December 2010, Mumbai
Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Workshop on Cultural Politics - Social In- and Exclusion in May 2010, Aarhus
  • Workshop on Methodology, Research & Teaching Methods in October November, 2010, Allahabad
Reutlingen University with SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, India
  • Conference on “Towards Smoother Transition to Indo-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in November 2010, Mumbai
University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Workshop on Research Projects on Contemporary India from 14th-16th April, 2010, Warsaw
  • Seminar at Aalborg University on the occasion of a Erasmus Mundus Meeting 2010, Aalborg
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
  • International Workshop on ‘Global Politics and Democracy – the European Dimension’ on June 28-July 3rd, 2010, Chennai
  • International Seminar on ‘Globalization and International Relations – the EU Perspective’ on December 13-15, 2010, Chennai
Manipal University, India
  • A conference aimed at bringing together the European and Indian business leaders in November, 2010, Manipal
Pondicherry University, India
  • National Seminar on the Concept of Human Rights as depicted in Sangam Literature, February 1-3, 2010, Pondicherry
  • International Conference on European Convention on Human Rights – Lessons from Experiences, March 1-3, 2010, Pondicherry
  • International Workshop on European Common Foreign and Security Policy – Implications for India in October 2010, Pondicherry
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • International Conference on “Europe’s Engagement in Afghanistan” in March/April 2010, New Delhi
  • International Conference on Central and Eastern Europe: Two Decades After Cold War” - Oct/Nov 2010, New Delhi
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, India
  • Democracy and Development: Imperatives of Inclusive Growth on 25 & 26 March 2010, Thirunelveli
  • Interrogating Exclusion and Inclusion Dynamics in India and Europe on 14th and 15th October 2010, Thirunelveli
  • European Film Festival on 21-23 December 2010, Thirunelveli
Please visit the Events section of this Web Portal for frequent updates.

Ongoing series of Erasmus Mundus Information Sessions
On Wednesday, September 23, Mrs. Smadja, Ambassador, Delegation of the EU to India, launched at the Guru Gobind Singh University, a series of information sessions on the Erasmus Mundus Programme. The Erasmus Mundus road-show will continue at various Universities in Delhi, in order to inform the highest number possible of students and scholars on the opportunities offered by this EU flagship programme. The first opening event was kindly hosted and co-organized by the Guru Gobind Singh University, which also hosts the Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association. Both Mrs. Smadja and Vice-chancellor Dr. Dilip K. Bandyopadhyay agreed on and re-stated the importance of intercultural academic exchanges between Europe and India and of the modernization agenda of Higher education institutions.

The EM information sessions continued in Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi  on the 7th October 2009 and at University of Delhi  on the 26th October 2009. Information sessions will continue in other universities in India in the year 2010.

Erasmus Mundus Programme has launched Call for Proposals for 2010
(Ref. EACEA 29/09). Please visit the Programme’s Web site for more details. Deadline for submission of applications is 30 April 2010.

The 2010 Jean Monnet Call for proposals for university projects has also been launched. Please visit the website for more information on this. The last date for submission of applications is 12 February 2010. 

Joint Orientation Workshop
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 Delegation of the European to 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 Madras.
Representatives of the Study Centres made presentation about their respective centres and developed a Mission and Vision Statement for the Programme.

The Technical Assistance team explained about the Programme, services to be offered by them, Visibility and Communication Strategy and the use of web portal by the Study Centres. The Study Centres have found the workshop extremely useful. Please look for more updates and proceedings on the workshop from the Web site.

Inauguration of Study Centres

Inaguration of EU Study Centre at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai


Reutlingen University, ESB Business School in partnership with SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India and in association with Knowledge Foundation, Germany was recently selected for establishing an EU study centre in India at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai. The inauguration of the Centre by Head of Operations Mr. Hans Schoof, from the Delegation of the European to India took place on the 19th November 2009 and was attended by the Chief Minister (newly appointed EU Commissioner) Mr. Oettinger and Members of Parliament of the State of Baden - Wuerttemberg, where Reutlingen is situated. The presence of such a high ranking delegation was an indicator of the expectation that the graduates of the Centre will become specialists in Indo-European economic cooperation.

Inauguration of "Manipal Centre for European Studies" at Manipal University in Karnataka, India
 “The courses offered by the EU Study Centre will improve the employability of its students”- this was the message from Manipal University which inaugurated its EU Study Centre on 17th December 2009. The function was attended by Head of Economics Cooperation Section Mr. Fernando Nino Page from the EU Delegation, Mr. Alexius Collette, CEO, Phillips Innovation Campus, Bangalore; Dr. HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University and Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader IESCP. The Study Centre has already started enrolling students to the various courses.

Inauguration of the European Study Centre  by Symbiosis Centre for International Education
Symbiosis Centre for International Education under the aegis of Symbiosis International University formally inaugurated “European Study Centre” at Pune on 10th January 2010 as part of the Annual Law Day. Dr M. Veerappa Moily , Honourable Minister for Law and Justice, Government of India, was the Chief Guest. Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader India-EU Study Centres Programme, and Advocate Mr. Ram Jethmalani, Former Minister for Law & Justice, Government of India were the Guests  of Honour. The fact that Symbiosis International University is the only institute of its kind in India offering courses on European Law was highlighted during the event.
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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, UNDP held an inauguration ceremony of the Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies. The inauguration ceremony was held on January 14, 2010 in New Delhi and was attended by the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European to India, Ms. Daniele Smadja, Ambassadors of the Polish and Spanish Embassies and invited delegates from the partner Universities, Academia and Business Associations. With the opening of the Study Centre, Warsaw University expects to become an important resource for the contemporary India studies within the new EU Member States.

Inauguration of the EU Study Centre at IIT, Madras
IIT Madras inaugurated its 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 Madras; Mr. Ulrich Podewils, Team Leader IESCP besides others. There was long felt need to “humanize” the Engineering Institutions and it emerged during the inauguration that the creation of the EU Study Centre at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Department is a contribution in this direction. Please visit the for more details of the event.
Please visit the IIT Madras website for more details of the event.

Inauguration of European Studies Programme at University of Delhi
University of Delhi inaugurated the “European Studies Programme” on the 28th January 2010 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. Andre Beteille, Prof. J.P.S. Uberoi, and number of luminaries from Indian and European Universities. Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of EU to India, Ms. Daniele Smadja, and her team graced the occasion.
The Academia agreed that in India there is an intellectual need to study European sociology from an Indian perspective and this programme will reinforce efforts in this direction.

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