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India-EU Study Centres Programme - Newsletter

September 2011 - December 2011                                                                               Vol I - Issue 8


During the Final Conference of IESCP on 22nd November 2011 the Documentary Film about the programme: “Gateway for New Possibilities” was released. At the end of the film I say: “And now our babies how we called the centres at the beginning of the project, are mature and have to walk alone.”Picture1

Actually, it Madame Danièle Smadja, the then Ambassador of the European to India, proclaimed the centres as her babies during the inauguration of the Warsaw centre which was held end of January 2010 at the Residence of the Polish Ambassador to India in New Delhi.

This proclamation was the turnaround of the India-EU Study Centres Programme. There was a lot of skepticism about IESCP, about its goals and handling. We as the Technical Assistance Team were always convinced IESCP will become a success - if the right universities and persons being involved could be selected.

After the selection in 2009, inaugurations of the so called new centres started in November and December 2009 with Reutlingen University and Manipal University, followed by IIT Madras in January 2010 and Warsaw and Aarhus and Delhi University at the beginning of February. It became evident that the best institutions which could fulfill the specific objective of IESCP were ‘on board’ joining the so called existing centres in Bremen, Leiden, Milan and in Jaipur, Mangalore, Pondicherry, Pune, Tirunelveli and at JNU.

The Final Conference which is documented in this Newsletter, showed the achievements of all participants in IESCP. The babies became mature, as you can see in the other reports of this Newsletter as well. They cover some final events organized by the centres themselves. Enjoy the pictures with the grown-ups and their admirers as we do.

This last Newsletter would be incomplete without acknowledging the persons who were always supportive for making IESCP a success.

We have to thank the Indian members of the Steering Committee, Mr Amit Khare and Ms Veena Ish from MHRD, Prof. Beena Shah, Secretary General of AIU, and especially Dr Dev Swarup, UGC. Secretary, Vibha Puri Das, MHRD, who showed great interest in the programme, visited one centre in Europe and was so kind to join the Final Conference. We have to thank Deans, Registrars, Rectors, Presidents and Vice Chancellors of all participating universities in India and in Europe without whom, the fruitful cooperation with the centres would not have been possible.  All of the 51 Short Term Experts helped the centres to develop.

We have to thank the ‘back offices’ of the consortium members, especially Ms Bortolomeazzi from IBF and Ms Schwarzenberger from DAAD. We will miss the speeches of Prof. Piotr Klodkowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland  to India. Of course, we don’t have to forget the representatives of the EU delegation to India, starting with all the ones from ‘Contract and Finance’ whom we seldom met but who were so important for the programme. The head of delegation, Ms Smadja became an admirer, Mr. Hans Schoof & Mr. Fernnado Nino Page supporters and Mr. Pavel Svitil, a new companion. We will never forget our Italian friend Ms. Francesca Pessina and Ms. Sarojini Kaul.  My colleagues in the TA team: Ms. Kamal Gaur and Mr. D. Vasudevan stood by me through thick and thin. Both Ms. Tanya Rawal and Ms. Parul Lihla did a splendid job as programme assistants.

Did I miss someone? Yes, of course, the most important players: Uwe Skoda from Aarhus; Hans Jansen, Bremen; Jakub Zajączkowski from Warsaw; Jos Gommans, Leiden; Dennis De, Reutlingen; Donatella Dolcini from Milano; Salma Bava and Meenakshi Thapan, Delhi; Asha Pande and Rashmi Jain from Jaipur; Neeti Badwe from Pune; Neeta Inamdar, Manipal; Jayaraj Amin, Mangalore; Sudarsan Padmanabhan from Chennai; B Krishnamurthy, Puducherry; and Pavananthi Vembulu from Tirunelveli. Thank you, you all did a great job.
.Ulrich Podewils
Team Leader IESCP
Note:  I am aware that I may have missed several names. Please forgive me; you as well will always stay in my mind

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UGC launches ‘Faculty Recharge Programme”

logougcTaking note of steep decline in research environment in Indian Universities and stagnation of faculty and infrastructure, the Government of India, through the University Grants Commission, has decided to launch a new Programme called "UGC-Faculty Recharge Programme" to redress this situation. This is a pressing requirement since majority of Indian Universities, especially State Universities, have not recruited faculty on a significant scale for a long time and are in danger of losing more than a generation of researchers.

Lack of availability of faculty positions, besides other endemic problems associated with hiring of faculty, are often cited as causative factors of this state of affairs. The recent creation of new eight Indian Institutes of Technology, five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and sixteen Central Universities is anticipated to further aggravate this problem.

The Faculty Recharge Initiative offers an effective mechanism to address this problem and should provide a unique opportunity to the Universities aspiring to upgrade and rejuvenate faculty resources in their science - and engineering related departments. Under the Programme, fresh talent, at all levels of academic hierarchy, is to be inducted in selected departments / centers through a nationally-conducted competitive process and the inductees are to be placed as Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors.

To impart distinct identity to these specially selected faculties, a prefix 'UGC' has been added to each of these categories. And, the faculties will be designated as UGC-Assistant Professors, UGC-Associate Professors and UGC-Professors, respectively. It is intended to ensure that individuals with exceptional creativity, zeal and commitment to research and teaching will be selected through this Programme. The positions will be tenable at Universities eligible to receive developmental funds under UGC.

UGC has also launched a separate website under its web portal for this programme, which can be accessed at:

Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme

logo_daad_02German Acdemic Exchange Service (DAAD) and University Grants Commission in New Delhi have launched a call for a joint Programme titled “Project based Personnel Exchange Programme (PPP) 2012” designed to intensify the cooperation through fundings of scholars who would partcipate in co-operative research projects primarily in the field of humanities and social sciences.

The offer will be avilable to those faculty employed at higher education institutions / universities approved under UGC act. The funding will commence in 2012.

The details of the offer, eligiblity conditions and funding and application documents are avilable online at:

€ 5.7 billion for Marie Curie Actions under Horizon 2020

Marie-Curie-Logo-with-flagIn the next proposal for the Research and Innovation programme "Horizon 2020", the Marie Curie Actions will be renamed "Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions" (MSCA). The objective of the actions will however remain the same: supporting career development and training of researchers through worldwide mobility and skills development.

The Marie Curie Actions will continue to play a key role, with a proposed budget amounting to €5.7 billion. In the future, MSCA will intensify collaboration between universities, research institutions, enterprises, including SMEs and all socio-economic factors. It will be implemented by, for example, doctoral training, temporary postings of researchers from the public to the private sector or vice-versa, and short term staff exchanges between public and private sectors. This should increase the employability of researchers, broaden the career prospects of researchers and in both public and private sectors, and attract talents from abroad and thereby combat brain drain. In addition, the MSCA will become the only EU programme offering support for excellent doctoral training.

The MSCA will also keep on promoting the participation and empowerment of women in research notably through the EU Charter and Code for researchers.

Sustainability of Study Centres

Two significant developments among the study centres indicate that end of the IESCP do not necessarily result in end of activities by the study centres.

Formation of “Association for European Studies in India” by the Indian centres and Signing of MOU by EU centres

During a conference at Manipal University in August 2011, the participating IESCP centres took the initiative to discuss a draft of a constitution for an ‘Association for EU Studies in India’ and of a MoU for European partners.

On 14th October, 2011 the representatives of Indian centres met at the IESCP office and finalized the draft of a constitution for an Indian Association of EU Studies in India. President, Vice President, Secretary General and Treasurer were elected: Dr. Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, became the first President; Prof. Asha Pande, University of Rajasthan, was elected as his deputy; Prof. R.K. Jain, JNU and Jean Monnet Chair holder, is the Secretary General; and Dr. Sudarsan Padmanabhan, IIT Madras, Chennai, will act as the first treasurer of the Association.

The aims for the creation of associations in India and Europe by the study centres are:

  • An association for Indian partners and cooperation based on a MoU helps  to collaborate closely in the future and to initiate and sustain networks among all centres in India and Europe.
  • A national Association is eligible for applying for funds under the Jean Monnet scheme of EU.
  • The MoU among European centres on contemporary India may be useful to facilitate faculty exchange and makes student exchange easier.
  • The formal networks enhance the chances to apply successfully for Erasmus Mundus Partnership programs.

During the Final Conference of IESCP held at New Delhi on the 22nd November, the European partners formally signed the MOU and the Indian partners formally signed the memorandum and articles of association. Application for its registration is under process.

Fifth and Final Programme Steering Committee Meeting

The fifth and final meeting of the Steering Committee of the India-EU Study Centres Programme (PSC) was held on November 22, 2011 at the Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi. This meeting was the first part of the official Final Conference of IESCP. Members of the Steering Committee who attended the meeting were:

  • Ms. Veena Ish, Joint Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education, MHRD, GoI
  • Dr. Dev Swarup, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission
  • Prof. Sambhav Srivastava, Representative  of Association of Indian Universities
  • Mr. Fernando Nino Page, First Counsellor and Head of Economic Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European to India.

Ms. Francesca Pessina, Attaché - Economic Cooperation (Education and Skills), Ms. Sarojini Kaul, Project Manager, from the European Delegation to India, and Technical Assistance Team attended as well. PSC noted that the achievements made by IESCP was overwhelming, despite the fact that the duration of the programme was quite short.

Final Conference of India EU Study Centres Programme

The Final Conference of IESCP, held on 22nd November 2011, started with the fifth and final Steering Committee meeting: The Indian and European Committee members were given the opportunity to meet representatives of the participating centres and the respective universities and to learn about the results of their efforts. Representatives of the Missions of the EU member states, of related European and Indian NGOs as well as VCs and scholars from universities located in Delhi were invited as well. In total, more than 70 visitors attended.



The Final Event actually commenced on 21st November with members of the centres having met for a working session. The last decisions regarding the ‘Associations’ were made. The main topics of the gathering were concrete steps to be taken for regarding future co-operation. Three members of the IESCP consortium were present - IBF as well as DAAD and ACE Global; the three representatives delivered an overview about projects they are engaged in.


The Final Event, organized as a conference, was divided into two parts: an Inaugural Session including awarding distinctions and appreciations followed by presentations of results delivered by the 15 participating centres.

After the remarks of H.E. Prof. Piotr Klodkowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland holding the European Presidency during the second half of 2011,
Ms. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, MHRD, delivered her key note address in which she underlined the importance of IESCP for better mutual understanding and enlarging cooperation between universities in India and Europe.


After the release of the documentary film ‘Gateway to New Possibilities’, steps for further collaboration were made in public: signing papers for the Indian and European associations and handing over the responsibility for the IESCP Web Portal to IIT Madras and Manipal University. Recognizing efforts made in the course of IESCP, mementos of appreciations were handed over to the winners of an essay competition, to representatives of the centres and short term experts present.

The valedictory remarks of Mr. Fernando Nino-Page, EU Delegation to India, and Dr Dev Swarup, UGC, summarized, again, what IESCP has achieved: a success for the participating centres and a step to consolidate the strategic partnership between India and the EU. All the Centres presented their results. 

International Conference on European Identity after Lisbon Treaty

JNU_LT_01The Lisbon Treaty is an attempt to consolidate and enhance European ’s power by downsizing and streamlining its mammoth bureaucracy and making it more efficient and effective. In the light of the changes the conference deliberated upon the impact of Lisbon Treaty on European identity. The issues included assessment of impact of centralization and consolidation of power of European parliament. It also discussed the influence of the treaty on multilateral and/or bilateral relations of member states with other countries and how far the provisions in the Lisbon Treaty have helped the European effectively address global concerns such as terrorism, climate change, energy security, human rights, migration etc.

The conference generated a rich academic dialogue on the impact of Lisbon Treaty on nature and structure of the European , structural and institutional changes, increasing power of the European , status of sovereign member states, and the future of the European .



Documentary Film on IESCP

Doc_Film_iconAs part of its communication strategy a documentary film titled “Gateway for New Opportunities” was developed on the IESCP and the same was unveiled by Ms. Vibha Puri Das, Secreatary – Higher Education, MHRD at the Final Conference of IESCP on 22nd November, 2011.

The documentary film ensured the visibility of the Centres as centres of excellence; facilitated the creation of an international network of EU and Indian Centres and feed the network with the necessary information; inform media, political and academic community about the progress and results of IESCP; and provide an opportunity to each centre and be part of the documentary film, thus making the network of centres more sustainable.

The crew of the agency covered the major events of IESCP and interviewed the various stake holders of the programme, academic community, students and the representatives of the study centres.

View the Documentary Film online at:


Workshop on Visual Cultures of Contemporary India  

This workshop held at Aarhus University on 8th and 9th December 2011, mapped the multi-facetted and dynamic field of visual culture with its diverse traditions and innovative potential in India and South Asia. It traces the development of various media - while keeping in mind the interfaces or inter-visuality in the ocular space. Simultaneously, motives, strategies and approaches of the producers as well as consumers are highlighted and visual cultures are explored in relation to themes such as nationalism; gender, family and kin; urban and rural images, religion or diaspora and transnational flows.


Seminar on ‘European and Indian Perspectives in International Relations”

Centre for Contemporary India research and studies, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw and India International Centre with support of the  Embassy of the Republic of Poland conducted a one day Seminar India and the European in international relations – European and Indian perspectives” on the 7th December2011, India International Centre, New Delhi. 

Mr. Pavel Svitil Chargé d'Affaires of the EU delegation to India gave his opening remarks. The Key note speaker for the seminar was  Professor Piotr Klodkowski,  Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to India. Several eminent speakers from the academia participated in the seminar.

Guest Lectures at University of Delhi

As part of European Studies Programme, University of Delhi has organised a series of guest lectures:

  • From 20th August to 4th September 2011, Prof. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Jean Louis Halperin (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) from 29th August to 10th September, 2011
  • Distinguished Visitor, Prof. Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge, London) from 30th September to 3rd October, 2011

IIT Madras: International Seminar

Centre for comparative European Studies (CCEUS), Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Indian Institute of Technology and Madras conducted its second International Seminar on “Politics in the Global Age: Critical Refelctions on Soverieignity, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism” from 12th to 14th December 2011, at the IIT campus.

Prof. Ummu Salma Bava of JNU gets the award

Ummu_Salma_BavaProf. Ummu Salma Bava, Director Europe Area Studies Programme and Professor for European Studies in the Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, has been conferred the prestigious award - Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany by the President Dr. Christian Wulff. 

The Order of Merit is the highest honorary tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can bestow on individuals for services to the nation in the political, socio-economic and intellectual sphere. The Award ceremony will be held in early 2012.

University of Delhi – European Studies Programme - Final Conference: 23rd, 24th & 25th of November, 2011.
DU_Final_Conf_1Final Dissemination and Visibility Conference, on Thinking Europe/ Thinking India was held on November 23rd, 24th, 25th, 2011 at the conference centre in the University of Delhi. The conference involved participation from faculty members of Department of Sociology and the partner and associate institutions. There were five panels under which papers were presented and discussions were held throughout the three days of the conference. The panels comprised of eminent scholars from India and Europe

IESCP’s Web portal will continue


Even though the Technical Assistance contract of the Consultants team comes to an end officially on the 21stDecember 2011, the web portal created for the programme will continue to exist with two institutions jointly taking over the responsibility of its sustenance.FC_13

During the Final Conference held on the 22nd November 2011 at New Delhi, Ms. Francesca PESSINA, Programme Manager from EU Delegation to India and D. Vasudevan, the IT Expert Web master of the TA team formally handed over the web portal to Dr. Neeta Inamdar of Manipal University and Dr. P. Sudarsan of IIT Madras while the entire audience gathered for the conference cheered them and commended their voluntary effort.

In order to prepare these institutions for this task, a one day workshop was held at Manipal University and IIT Madras in August 2011. Subsequent to this, five selected personnel from these institutions were given an intensive training by the IT Expert of the Technical Assistance team in October 2011.

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 University, 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


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