A New Passage to India -
"Exploring Cultures of Learning
in India and Germany"
Project CoordinationProf. 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)
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.