Main areas of our work include the strengthening of partnerships between Indian scholars and academic institutions and the South Asia Institute as well as promoting collaboration between local German and Indian institutions. These goals are realized by a close cooperation with the following partners:
Delhi University (DU)
Delhi University is one of the leading modern composite universities of
India. The long history of cooperation between the South Asia Institute
and Delhi University resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding, signed
on 13 January 2000. Since then, there exist four scholarships for students
and academics to teach or do research in Heidelberg.
Two Research Fellowships of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg
are available for students from Heidelberg who wish to study at Delhi University.
For additional information, interested students should contact
the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)
The IGNCA is a
major resource center engaged in re-defining the arts in the larger context
of culture and lifestyle. Since 19 November 2000, a Memorandum of Understanding
exists between the South Asia Institute and the Indira Gandhi National
Centre for the Arts. Its main goals are the support of joint projects and
seminars and also of research and academic exchange, especially in the
field of humanities.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
University Grants Commission (UGC)
The UGC administers the selection
of the Indian candidates applying for the Research Fellowship of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Under this programme, one dinstinguished scholar from India can visit the
South Asia Insititute for three months to pursue collaborative research
in the disciplines offered by the South Asia Institute. The UGC advertises
the scholarship once a year through its own channels.
University Grants Commission
Centre de Science Humaines (CSH)
Based in New Delhi, the CSH was
created in 1989. It is part of the network of around 30 research institutes
of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1995, the Center’s research
work is primarily oriented towards the study of issues concerning the contemporary
dynamics of development in India and other South Asian Countries. The four
major fields of interest are “Regional Dynamics in South Asia and International
Relations”, “Political Dynamics, Institutional Set-up and Social Change”,
“Economic Transition and Sustainable Development”, and “Urban Dynamics”.
The good relations between the SAI and the CSH have led to the signing
of an agreement of partnership for scientific exchange with effect from
1.1.2004. In this agreement the CSH offers to affiliate one PhD Student
each year from the SAI to pursue research on topics relevant to the above
mentioned fields of interest. Furthermore, the relations are strengthened
through collaborative research carried out by the present Representative
of the Branch Office in Delhi and members of the CSH in the field of Urban
Centre de Science Humaines
Max Müller Bhavan (MMB)
The Max Müller Bhavans in India function
as German cultural centres (named "Goethe-Institut" in other countries).
Since the foundation of the Branch Office in 1962, the cooperation with
the Max Müller Bhavan in New Delhi has been very close. Many events
such as conferences and lectures have been organized in a joint effort.
Max Müller Bhavan New Delhi
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD is an institution for
the promotion of international academic exchanges. It acts as an intermediary
for the implementation of foreign cultural and academic policy as well
as for the educational co-operation with developing countries. The DAAD
is also a national agency for the EU programmes. The New Delhi office,
established in 1960, administers primarily DAAD-funded programmes and activities
for India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It provides information
about German universities and "Fachhochschulen" and distributes publications
about study, research and fellowship opportunities in Germany to Indian
nationals, and on Indian university study and research opportunities to
DAAD New Delhi
The Branch Office is mentioned under the cultural exchange agreement between
India and Germany. With the Embassy being responsible for the German side
of the agreement, the Branch Office maintains close ties with the German
Embassy in Delhi.