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”.
In October, Prof. Dr. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, PD Dr. Michael Becker, Philipp Gieg and Timo Lowinger (Institute for Political Science and Sociology) will be in India.
From 11.10.16 to 30.10.16 Prof. Jürgen Kreft (Faculty of Biology) will be a guest lecturer in India.
From 22.10.16 to 12.11.16 Prof. Shoba Ghosh (Department of English, University of Mumbai) will be a guest lecturer at the English and American Studies.
From 30.10.16 to 21.11.16 PhD Student Martina Weis-Dalal (Department of Criminal Law) will be at the National Law University, Delhi.
From 01.11.16 to 02.12.16 Prof. S.Y. Shah (IIALE, New Delhi) will be a guest lecturer at the Professorship for Adult and Continuing Learning.
From 06.11.16 to 20.11.16 Prof. Girish Nath Jha (Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, JNU) will be a guest lecturer at the Chair of Indology.
From 19.11.16 to 23.12.16 Prof. Ummu Salma Bava (Centre for European Studies, JNU) will be a guest lecturer at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.
From 30.11.16 to 01.01.17 Dr. Bharti Yadav (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, National Law University, Delhi) will be a guest lecturer at the Department of Criminal Law.
From 03.12.16 to 16.12.16 Prof. Suresh Babu (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras) will be a guest lecturer at the Chair of Indology.