Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Organizing Institutions

Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology), Heidelberg University, Germany

Chair of Indology,
Institute of Cultural Studies of East and South Asia,
Würzburg University, Germany

Project Partners

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U.) Varanasi


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Funding Institution

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Important dates
Latest by 15th Nov. 2019
Application deadline for Scholarships for stays between April 2020 and March 2021

Latest by 20th Dec. 2019
Confirmation of admission

April 2020
Earliest begin in Heidelberg

Project Administration:
Malini Ambach, Anna Scarabel


Postal address:
A New Passage to India
DAAD Project
Voßstraße 2, Building 4130
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany
Call for Application to HD/Wü
(Download PDF)

Call for Application to BHU/IIT
(Download PDF)
Useful Websites

A New Passage to India -
"Exploring Cultures of Learning
in India and Germany"

Project Coordination

Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel (Würzburg University, Germany)
Prof. Dr. H. N. Prasad (Banaras Hindu University, India) (BHU)
Prof. Dr. Gopabandhu Mishra (BHU, currently Vice Chancellor Shree Somnath Sanskrit University)
Dr. Vinita Chandra (IIT-BHU)

Project Description

The project “Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany” is part of the wider programme “A New Passage to India” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The programme aims at strengthening German-Indian academic relations by supporting of young academics and their acquisition of expert and core competences.

“Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany” is a close collaboration between the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the Indian Institute of Technology at the BHU (IIT-BHU) in Varanasi, India and the German Universities of Heidelberg and Würzburg. By focussing on the historically and culturally vastly diverse “Cultures of Learning” in India and Germany, the project looks into how learning in both countries has sustained identities and habitus over time while enabling and generating change, and how learning has shaped and continues to shape values and subjectivities.

The programme focuses on student exchange, including joint MA and PhD supervision. By bringing together students and teachers from the participating learning institutions, the exchange programme facilitates the investigation and experience of diverse social practices of learning. The participants thus achieve an understanding of how the respective other learning institution has, over time, managed to cope with social change while at the same time retaining a sense of identity and cultural continuity.

Exchange Programme to Germany (Heidelberg/Würzburg)


Exchange Programme to India (BHU/IIT-BHU)

Seitenbearbeiter, Studienberater,
Voßstraße 2, Building 4130, D-69115 Heidelberg