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Partners in India

The Institute for Political Science and Sociology maintains close contact with several partner institutions in India. We cooperate with our partners in the framework of the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern India Studies at Würzburg University, in the context of our ongoing research and mobility projects, and through several Memoranda of Understanding which the University of Würzburg and the Institut for Political Science and Sociology have struck with their Indian counterparts.

Chandigarh: Panjab University

In April 2016, members of both universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Panjab University Chandigarh on the Indian side and the IPS as well as the Department of Economics of Julius Maximilians University Würzburg. The agreement had been initiated by Prof. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (Department for European Studies and International Relations of the IPS) and Prof. Hans Fehr (Chair for Finanze at the Department for Economics) as well as Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi and Prof. Upinder Sawhney (both from Panjab University).

The Memorandum of Understanding institutionalizes the already existing cooperation between IPS and Panjab University Chandigarh: Prof. Chaturvedi already taught at the IPS twice while Prof. Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, PD Dr. Michael Becker and Philipp Gieg paid the Panjab University two visitis for teaching purposes during the last years.

Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

The closest ties exist with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. A Memorandum of Understandig has been signed between JNU and the University of Würburg several years ago. 

The Institute for Political Science and Sociology has been welcoming visiting professors from the renowned Indian university for a long time: Prof. Dr. Ummu Salma Bava, Prof. Dr. Anupama Roy and Prof. Dr. Valerien Rodrigues, to name just a few, taught at IPS in the past. Moreover, academics as well as students from Würzburg visit JNU at a regular basis for research and teaching purposes. 

Our institute is cooperating with JNU in the context of the programme "Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education" within the framework of the project "Foundations of the Indo-European Strategic Partnership".

Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia

The IPS has already welcomed three members of the Department of Political Science of Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi: Prof. Dr. Mohammed Badrul Alam, Dr. Krishna Swamy Dara and Dr. Sucharita Sengupta taught in the fields of Political Theory as well as European Studies and International Relations.

The exchange with Jamia Millia Islamia is fruitful the other way round as well: PD Dr. Michael Becker and Dr. Matthias Gsänger visited the Islamic University in order to give presentations and to participate in various workshops.

Hyderabad: University of Hyderabad

The University of Würzburg and the University of Hyderabad signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2010. Following this, Dr. Shaji Sadasivan Nair from the Department for Political Science in Hyderabad was one of the first visiting professors from India at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology. He visited our Institute again two years after his first stay in Würzburg.

From Würzburg, Prof. Dr. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet and Philipp Gieg visited Hyderabad. Moreover, several students enrolled in our Masters´programme Political and Social Sciences were welcomed at the renowned University in Hyderabad.

Mangalore: Mangalore University

Another Memorandum of Understanding exists between Mangalore University from the Indian state of Karnataka and the University of Würzburg. Representatives of both universities have already visited the respective partner institution several times.

Prof. Dr. Jayraj Amin from the Department of Political Science, for example, taught at the Professorship for European Studies and International Relations at IPS; Prof. Dr. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, PD Dr. Michael Becker and Philipp Gieg, on the other hand, visited Mangalore. Several students from Würzburg stayed in the south of India as well in order to conduct research at Mangalore University.

Mumbai: University of Mumbai

During the past few years members of IPS have visited Mumbai several times in order to give presentations and to participate in symposia and conferences. Our main partners of cooperation at the University of Mumbai are the Department for African Studies and the Department for Civics and Politics.

Prof. Dr. Aparajita Biswas from the Department for African Studies has already taught at the IPS and closely cooperates with the Department for European Studies and International Relations. Together with members of the IPS she participated, for instance, in IPSA 2016 in Poznań (Poland), the 24th World Congress of Political Science.

The India Forum's activities are supported by
the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from
the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).