Within the innovative exchange program “A New Passage to India”, administered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), two program lines were granted to the University of Würzburg in 2010:
• A “Würzburg Centre for Modern India” (WCMI), facilitating extensive academic exchange with Indian partner universities by inviting Indian faculty for teaching and research at Würzburg
• A “Mobility Program”, to support students and doctoral researchers conducting research at partner institutions in India
After the initial successful four years, the program has recently been extended by another three years up to December 2017 (Mobility Program up to Dec. 2015). Coordinated by the Chair of Indology, the project meanwhile involves ten chairs and four faculties at University of Würzburg; simultaneously, the number of participating Indian universities has grown to now ten partner institutions.
As an interdisciplinary initiative, the Würzburg Centre for Modern India promotes a wide range of India related research interests and teaching activities, with a focus on cultural, political, social, economic and legal sciences. In addition to a fruitful exchange with Indian scholars, a common research platform has evolved at CMI Würzburg on “Performing Gender - Negotiating Space in Civil Society”.
From 02.05.16 to 15.05.16 Dr. M.D. Muthukumaraswamy (National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai) will be a guest lecturer at the Chair of Indology.
From 15.05.16 to 30.05.16 Prof. Suresh Babu (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras) will be a guest lecturer at the Institute for Special Education.
From 15.05.16 to 30.05.16 Prof. Milind Brahme (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras) will be a guest lecturer at the Institue for Special Education.
From 17.05.16 to 16.07.16 Dr. Krishna Swamy Dara (Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia) will be a guest lecturer at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.
From 21.05.16 to 29.06.16 Prof. B. A. Viveka Rai (Mangalore University) will be a guest lecturer at the Chair of Indology.
From 30.05.16 to 05.07.16 Ms. Supriya Sharma (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad) will be a guest at the Department of International Management, FAU Erlangen.
From 12.06.16 to 13.07.16 Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Department of Political Science, Panjab University) will be a guest lecturer at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.
From 18.07.16 to 01.08.16 an Indian study group (Centre for European Studies, JNU) will be at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.