11-14 April 2010 University of Warsaw, Poland – First meeting of Research and Studies Council of consortia: MA programme in Contemporary India – European and Indian perspectives
a) introduction to methodological method of MA in Contemporary India Politics and Business:
– what should be the content, structure and outreach of an MA programme in contemporary India;
– MA in Cotemporary Indian Politics in Indian Universities;
– the challenge of creating MA in Cotemporary Indian Business in the context of Indian higher education institutions; the content and goals of the research and MA and PhD programmes offered by Indian universities;
– experiences of European Universities focusing on India studies (University of Heidelberg, University of Oxford);
– presentation of a draft MA Programme in Contemporary India Business and Politics: content and structure, profile of student.
b) structure of the book about contemporary India;
c) EU mobility programmes, international cooperation and its impact on activities of the Centre
d) Advisory Board meeting, dedicated to the possibilities of establishing cooperation between Polish authorities, business sector, NGOs and media and their Indian counterparts. Advisory Board’s opinion of the program of MA and presentation of opinion about activity of the Centre.
Results of the activity:
a) new draft of the MA syllabus, including comments by European and Indian partners, the following recommendations were made:
– the programme should be multi-disciplinary, including a general course on research and methods of social sciences as well as offer courses on Indian philosophy and culture
– the MA in Warsaw must have a course on the Indian constitution and India’s democracy
– it is important to see India from an Indian perspective
– every course on India must give the students all the trends that are concurrent in India but neither one is prevalent. It is important for students to be aware of the fact there are various ‘visions’ of what modern India
– the importance of keeping in mind the career options of the students and how the course ought to feed into the options available (prof. Meenkshi Rajeev)
– MA programme on India cannot only be about modern India but must include history and the civilization roots. Furthermore there must be a strong emphasis to contextualising India’s success and to be aware of the different routes to democracy that the Indian case illustrates. Perhaps it would be good to think in terms of an obligatory semester abroad (like in Chicago). Additionally, it should be an aim to provide for an exchange of professors.
– there ought to be more discussion about the profile of the students in order to define and tailor the programme. More thought needed to be given to the linkage between the MA programme and the Research groups in order to create an epistemic academic community
— the technological achievements of modern India should be included in the MA course;
b) the final report will be split into two separate publications. The first consisting of articles written by members of the Consortium and the second containing the syllabi for the MA in Contemporary India Business and Politics. The Report will publish the syllabus, as well as introduce the study of contemporary India to Poland and Europe. The book will be published in English by the University of Warsaw.
c) during the meeting decision was made that the work groups will represent proposition of syllabi and proposition of article (round 300 words) which will be published in the book about role of India in modern world
d) during session of Advisory Board, Board decided to organize in November 2010 conference in Warsaw together with trade chambers, government authorities seminar in December 2010 in Bangalore, together with Institute of Social and Economic Change in Bangalore