India-EU Study Centres Programme - Newsletter

May 2011 - August 2011                                                                                                                 Vol I - Issue 7


The inauguration of the international conference on “Internationalization of Higher Education: Understanding and Responding to the Bologna Process” organized by IESCP and Manipal University on August 25-26 offered a wonderful opportunity to share with the audience some events which happened during the last four months; I quote from my speech in that occasion:P0103670012

Today we are celebrating 9th May.

9th May is Europe Day; and Manipal was planning to organize a workshop on “India and the Bologna Process” as its contribution to Europe Day 2011. When we discussed the matter we thought it might make more sense to invite for this conference after May 25-26.

So, we are celebrating 25-26 May. What happened on these days?

The first official Policy Dialogue took place in Brussels between the European Commission and Government of India, represented by Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education. The three main topics discussed during the dialogue included quality assurance in higher education, mutual recognition of qualification and degrees and the use of credit transfer systems and learning as well as research mobility.

The basic idea to gather in the conference this August representatives of the IESCP centres and other specialists was, in continuation of the Policy Dialogue, to start with exchanging views how recognition, quality assurance and best practice in internationalization could be implemented at Indian higher education institutions.

Today we are celebrating 11th August.

On 11th August an independent committee decided that two of the IESCP centres should get a grant under the UGC scheme for area study centres. Both, Pondicherry and Rajasthan University, applied successfully for grants.

Congratulations! These centres may find many successors.

Today on 25th August we don’t celebrate the end of IESCP, but we have to acknowledge that this meeting marks the beginning of the last period of our programme – but not the end of our co-operation.

The topic of this meeting connects Europe and India. But Bologna does not stay only for co-operation, it is a synonym for making study programs attractive, providing quality assurance in higher education systems and create a framework for mobility.

Mobility is just another expression for enjoying meeting people.  In this sense, we shall enjoy this international conference” – and reading the seventh edition of IESCP Newsletter.

.Ulrich Podewils
Team Leader IESCP

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European Commission: Lifelong Learning Programme

2012 call for proposals published

The European Commission has just published the general call for proposals for 2012 for participation in the Lifelong Learning Programme. Through the programme the EU enables people of all ages to gain experience through studies, training or learning abroad and supports co-operation between schools, universities and enterprises in different European countries.

Besides programs like Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig and Jean Monnet, the programme offers support to activities for policy co-operation, in the fields of languages, information and communication technologies and dissemination and exploitation of results.

Funding under the 2012 call will follow five priorities:

  •  Develop strategies for lifelong learning and mobility
  • Encourage cooperation between the worlds of education, training and work
  • Support initial and continuous training of teachers, trainers and education and training institutions' managers
  • Promote the acquisition of key competences throughout the education and training system
  • Promote social inclusion and gender equality in education and training, including the integration of migrants and Roma

These overarching priorities reflect main issues at stake of the political agenda for education and training in the European .

All information needed to apply for participation in the Lifelong Learning Programme, in particular the priorities of the Call for Proposals 2012 and the Guide to the programme, are available online at:

The deadlines for submission of applications, which vary according to the part of the programme, can be found in the Official Journal of the European .

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Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, has published its annual report for the year 2010-2011. The report can be viewed and downloaded from:



New Framework Programme [FP7] calls for proposals launched by the European Commission

The European Commission has launched a 7 billion euro research and development fund aimed at tackling the biggest societal challenges facing Europe and the world on 20 July 2011. Universities, research organizations and industry from all over the world will be able to compete for these funds, with special attention given to small and medium-sized enterprises. The funds will be released under the EU's 7th Framework Program for Research. The best researchers and innovators will get together to tackle the biggest issues of our time, such as energy, food security, climate change and the ageing population. Research will be funded in all areas, including health, the bio economy, Information and Communication Technology, Materials, Energy, Environment, Transport, Social Sciences and Humanities, Space and Security. There will also be substantial funding available for training programmes through individual fellowships and research grants to top scientists.

International cooperation is highly encouraged as the programme is completely open to participation by researcher all over the world.

Details of the calls for proposals are available at: 


Programme Steering Committee Meeting

The fourth meeting of the Steering Committee of the India-EU Study Centres Programme (PSC) was held on the 13th May 2010, at the University Grants Commission’s headquarters at New Delhi. Members of the Steering Committee who attended the meeting are:

  • Representatives of the Delegation of the European in India, (Mr. Hans Schoof, Head of Operations and Mr. Fernando Nino Page, Head of Economics section)
  • Representative of Government of India;  Ministry of  Human Resource Development, (Mr. Amit Khare, Joint Secretary)
  • Representative of University Grants Commission (Dr. Dev Swarup, Joint Secretary)
  • Representative of the Association of Indian Universities. (Prof. Beena Shah)

The members of the PSC were informed in detail about the achievements so far and the forthcoming activities of the programme. by the Technical Assistance team headed by Mr. Ulrich Podewils. The PSC reviewed the activities of the IESCP and the plans for the remaining period including the events proposed to be held. Focus of this meeting was also on the 'Sustainability of the Study centres', continuity of the web portal and the employability of the students passing out from these centres.

Discussions also took place about the proposed "Policy Dialogue" between the high level Government of India delegation and EU representatives at Brussels on the 25th and 26th May 2011.


Forthcoming Events

Selected list of Events organized as part of the
India-EU Study Centres Programme

Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Workshop Visual Culture in India – Nov 2011

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

  • Workshop on the “Role of Civil Society in Social Transformation”  - October 2011
  • Seminar - "Politics in the Global Age "  - December 2011

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

  • Conference at JNU on “European Identity, Lisbon Treaty and after” – September 2011

Symbiosis International, India

  • Launching of Dual Degree Program for Symbiosis Institute for International Business-with Berlin School of Economics and Law

University of Delhi, India

  • Three-day conference on “Thinking Europe -Thinking India” 23, 24 & 25, November 2011

Closing Event of the India-EU Study Centres Programme

Venue: Hotel Taj Mansingh, New Delhi

21st November 2011

  • Internal meeting of consortium partners
  • Internal meeting of Study Centres

22nd November 2011

  • Programme Steering Committee Meeting
  • Inaugural Session
  • Results of IESCP – Presentations
  • Presentations by IESCP Centres
  • Documentary film on IESCP
  • Awards, MOU signing and Handover ceremonies
  • Reception

Deputy Head, Delegation of European to India Visits Mangalore University


Mr. Pavel Svitil, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European , Delhi, visited the study centre at the University of Mangalore on 24th August 2011. A presentation was made by him on EU, its history, goals, institutions and treaties to more than 130 students from different departments. Later he met more than 30 students of Political Science who have chosen EU Studies as their main subject, for a question and answers session on specific EU related issues.




Between the two sessions, he met the Vice Chancellor Prof. Shivashankara Murthy and the Registrar of the University, and Prof. Chinappa Gowda. They promised to support EU studies after the end of IESCP and to implement EU studies at affiliated colleges as well.  The students and faculty members were pleased with the visit of the high ranking official from EU to their University.

Policy Dialogue between India and EU

The first official “Policy Dialogue” took place in Brussels, Head Quarters of European Commission, on 25-26 May, 2011 between the European Commission and Government of India, represented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission and All India Commission of Technical Education. The three main topics include quality assurance in Higher Education, mutual recognition of qualification and diplomas and the use of credit transfer systems and learning and research mobility were discussed during the meeting of delegates from European Commission and India.


To renew their commitment to the Joint Declaration signed on 12 November 2008 and to continue the sectoral policy dialogue on education they agreed to map the activities in the area of quality assurance developed through the Erasmus Mundus programme, notably the Quality Assurance Handbook. The GOI       also agreed to explore the possibilities to learn from the experiences of EU-Indian consortia organising Joint Degrees in the framework of Erasmus Mundus Action 1 and of consortia of the India EU Study Centres Programme and to use these experience to develop pilot projects in the field of EU-India mutual recognition, or to extend the existing good practices to more academic cooperation.

The partners agreed as well to launch a joint study on the issue of mutual recognition, outlining existing best practices, the legal requirements and remaining challenges to overcome and possible suggestions in order to come to mutual recognition.

Director General of Education and Culture furthermore agreed to explore possibilities offered by Erasmus Mundus and Marie Curie, programmes to foster faculty exchanges, particularly for junior faculty, for teaching and research purposes with a view to enhance their professional development. It was also agreed that the international forum such as ASEM Education Ministerial conferences and the Bologna Policy Forum would welcome the Indian participation and contribution in the areas of quality assurance and recognition. The Ministry of HRD has been invited to attend the next Bologna Policy Forum in Bucharest in 2012.

GOI announced the next senior officials meeting in the framework of the policy dialogue on education and invited the European Commission to Delhi in 2012.

Within this context, the IESCP activities have been implemented in order to strengthen Higher Education inter-institutional links and academic cooperation between the EU and India and thereby to promote a better understanding of the European in India and of India in the European .

Government of India delegation’s visit to
Warsaw University, Poland

After the end of the Policy Dialogue in Brussels, the Indian delegation visited the “Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies” at the University of Warsaw on 27th May 2011. In the context of the meeting with DG EAC, European Commission, and in continuation of the discussion during the Steering Committee meeting, the Indian representatives were interested to learn about progress and achievements of one of the IESCP centres located in Europe.


The Indian delegation was headed by Ms Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development. She was accompanied by Mr Amit Khare, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation), Ministry of Human Resource Development; Prof. Ved Prakash, Chairman, University Grants Commission; Prof. S.S. Mantha, Chairman, All Indian Council of Technical Education; and Prof. Panchanan Mohanty, University of Hyderabad. They met and discussed about cooperation in higher education between Indian and Europe and its challenges with Prof. Wlodzimierz Lengauer, Vice-Rector, Deans of Faculties and Chairpersons of Institutes, and Mr. Tomasz Lukaszuk, Director for Asia-Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


For the Indian guests, the interaction with students of the Institute of International Relations was the highlight of the visit, the gesture of handing literature for the library of the new Centre was well received on the Polish side.


Because two of the three Indian institutions being represented in the Programme’s Steering Committee could get direct impressions about the achievements of a Centre dealing with contemporary India, this visit provided an opportunity to confirm the work being done by the TA team with the centres.

International Conference on Understanding and Responding to Bologna Process

A two-day Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education: Understanding and Responding to Bologna Process was organized by India EU Study Centres Program (IESCP) and Manipal Centre for European Studies, Manipal University on August 25-26, 2011 at Manipal University.

The conference has to be seen as a follow-up in continuation of this first India – EU Policy Dialogue on higher education issues.   The Bologna Process, following the Bologna Declaration of 1999, has resulted in a dramatic restructuring of European universities. Although higher education as a policy area remains a national prerogative for the different countries in Europe, transnational activity in higher education has increased significantly over the last decades as in other domains, such as trade and citizen mobility.

The goal of the conference was to better acquaint Indian academia with the working and implications of the Bologna Process, keeping in view the increasing collaboration of Indian universities with European universities over the last few years. The conference was primarily aimed at representatives of centres under IESCP and Heads of various Institutions of Manipal University, with a total number of 37 participants.

After the inauguration of the event, Mr. Rahul Putty, Manipal, University spoke about The Bologna Process: History and Development since 1999; Mr. Podewils presented his thoughts on Internationalization of Higher Education followed by a round table discussion. Dr Vinod Bhat convinced the audience in a brilliant manner on Responding to the Bologna process: Implications for Indian universities. On the second day, Ms Anke Brugmann, University of Marburg delivered from a practical point of view her presentation The Erasmus and Bologna experience in European higher education, followed by Prof Iekje Smit, Hanze Hogeschool Groningen, with her deliberations on Implementing international programs under the Bologna process. Dr Shazia Wulbers-Zakia, University of Hamburg and Hochschule Bremen summarized all presentations: Implications of Bologna Process on India-EU relations.

The participants learnt not only about the importance of internationalization and details of the Bologna process; the key message of the presentations was how systems of higher education of all member states of the Bologna process changed dramatically within the last decade. The Bologna idea started with the goal to enlarge international cooperation and to make exchange in higher education easier, and the process ends in the reconstruction of all study programs through three level programs and quality assurance.

Outcomes of the Conference

  • Perspective the different ramifications of the Bologna Process both in European and non-European settings by situating the process in its historical context and studying its development since 1999
  • Discussions on how Indian universities can collaborate better in view of the changing scenario of European higher education
  • Understanding of different aspects of the internationalization of higher education
  • Measures to strengthen the study centres network in India and Europe by organizing joint programs

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency’ [EACEA] of European Commission in Brussels

With the purpose to provide measures of sustainability especially to the Centres under IESCP, two meetings with representatives of ‘Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency’ [EACEA] were held in Brussels.  The recommendations are as under:

  • Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnerships: A new call for proposal is planned to be launched in November 2011. Deadline for applications is April 2012. The already existing strong network among all centres could be a great advantage if they agree to apply. Area/subject of Social Science is no obstacle, since GOI always has chosen Social Science as one of the fields an application could cover. The leading university of the consortium has to be  European.
  • Jean Monnet schemes: Different centres in India should independently apply for the ‘Module’ under Key Activity 1 and parallelly create an Indian EUSA which could apply for additional funds after being established. For the activities they receive about 360 applications /year, 25 % of them are successful. Chances are larger if centres and individuals apply for a lesser amount of money. Since only one JM chair exists in India, more applications are of good quality are expected. Next call will be launched in September 2011 with February 2012 as the deadline

Association for EU Studies in India

During the Workshop for “Sustainability of European Study Centres held at JNU on the 18th April 2011” the idea of the establishment of an Association for EU Studies in India was considered and deliberated by the centres in India.

As a follow up, the study centres discussed a draft constitution in the sidelines of the International Conference on Bologna Process held at Manipal University on the 26th August 2011 and agreed to meet once again in Delhi to discuss the modalities.

The Study centres intend to complete the registration process very soon and formally announce the same during the Closing event of IESCP to be held on the 22nd November 2011. 

Two new EU Area Study Centres under UGC grant

University Grants Commission (UGC) has been promoting Area Studies at Indian Universities for the past four decades. In the year 2010, forty six area study centres have received funds from UGC, only one out of this related to EU Studies, located at JNU.

University of Rajasthan and Pondicherry University are two institutions from India having European Study Centres under IESCP. They both have applied for grant under University Grants Commission’s Area Study Centres scheme.


Based upon their application and presentation made to the selection Committee in August 2011, both these centres were declared successful and became official Area Study Centres.

Essay Competition

Under the aegis of IESCP, the Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA) - Aarhus University, Denmark together with the Centre for Comparative European Studies - Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, India had organized an India-EU Essay competition. Students of all Study Centres under India-EU Study Centres Programme (IESCP) were invited to participate in this essay competition. The topic for the essay competition was "Europe and India - the reciprocal way".


Siddharth Sareen, student of IIT Madras and Teresa Ann Saracino, student of University of Milan were selected as winners. The Indian student is currently in Aarhus University, Denmark.  The European student is in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. The students will carry out research activities and have cultural and academic exchanges of their area of interest with the host universities.

Workshops at IIT Madras and Manipal University on “Sustainability of IESCP Web Portal”

Two identical workshops were held to ensure the sustainability of the IESCP web portal, which has become synonymous of the programme.

The first one day workshop was held at Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES), Manipal University on the 27th August 2011. The second workshop was held at the IIT Madras in their Department of Humanities and Social sciences on the 29th August 2011.


Both the above centres of IESCP have volunteered to takeover and run the IESCP web portal subsequent to the completion of the technical assistance contract.

The participants in the workshops included a right blend of faculty members from the centre, IT staff from the parent institution and selected students.  

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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