Institutional Projects

NAMASTE+ - Göttingen India Higher Education Cooperation Project
NAMASTE+ is a mobility and research cooperation project between the Georg-August Universität Göttingen and 12 Indian Higher Education Partner Institutions. The project is financed by the DAAD and the German Ministry of Education and Research within the Programm “A New Passage to India”.

NAMASTE+ aims at reinforcing a long-term multidisciplinary and multilateral cooperation with the Indian partner HEIs, contributing to the promotion of Indo-German dialogue and exchange in research and higher education through multilateral mobility of researchers and students. It also aims to strengthen the existing network of cooperation between the University of Göttingen and the Indian partner universities by establishing a consortium as a platform to exchange best practices, knowledge and innovation.

The project will reinforce the individual capacities of students and junior researchers as well as collaborative possibilities with the public/private sector in India.

NAMASTE+ will contribute to the dissemination of good practice regarding the organization of mobility. It will offer an innovative framework for the capacity development of junior faculty, undergraduates, master, PhD and Post Doc researchers by strengthening their skills in specified fields of study as well as improve their India / Germany competence to enhance their career perspectives. It will also enhance the capacity of the participating coordinators from India to their procedures and strategies in higher education management.

Through the NAMASTE mobility project, we aim to improve mutual understanding between the EU and India and enhance political, cultural, educational, and economic links of India with the EU.

This project places an emphasis on research and cooperation, establishing collaborative framework for human resource development through training and upgrading the skills of junior faculty staff, undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD and PostDoc researchers by specified learning objectives in the field of environmental and water resource management, energy, agricultural development, food safety and processing, health, business management, science and technology and innovation.

The NAMASTE consortium consists of 20 HEIs: 8 from EU countries (BE, DE, ES, NL, SE, PL, IT and UK) and 12 from India, out of which 25% are from the BRGF region of India. Taking a leading role in the joint coordination, IISER Pune is the coordination unit for the Indian partners linking with EU partners in the consortium and beyond.

The project builds on existing research and environments, taking the best from each to build up excellent exchange and cooperation. Altogether, the consortium aims to implement 139 mobility flows from India to the EU partner institutions. The implementation of individual mobilities, with an emphasis on research initiatives, will provide Indian students with more options and opportunities to study at various EU institutions.

How are agricultural, ecological and social systems changing under the influence of growing (mega-)cities? This overarching question will be examined by the Research Unit FOR2432, which the German Research Foundation (DFG/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has established at the universities of Kassel and Göttingen, with international partners including the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India.

The project will start on April 1st, 2016 and is initially funded with a total of 3.7 million Euros. The cooperating projects in India will be co-financed with 1.2 million Euros from the Indian side.

The new Research Group will address issues of global importance such as land and resource use, food security, ecology and urbanisation. These topics will be studied with a broad interdisciplinary approach focused on the example of Bangalore. In this southern Indian metropolis growth and change are occurring in a particularly dynamic fashion. The Research Unit is entitled "Social-Ecological Systems in the Indian Rural-Urban Interface: Functions, Scales, and Dynamics of Transition".

Modern India in German Archives,1706-1989 (MIDA)
The richness and the potential of the holdings of German archives on modern Indian history has been appreciated insufficiently so far. To the international community of historians of India, these resources can open up new research perspectives that have remained obstructed by an excessive fixation on British colonial archives. At the same time, innovative research questions can be generated for purposes of transnational historical comparison and for the historical analysis of "globalization" processes through an exploration of the modern history of German-Indian entanglements.

This DFG long-term project aims to set up an internationally available database and further archival resources with keyword information on holdings of German archives on modern India and the history of German-Indian entanglements, from the establishment of the Danish-Halle Mission in South India (1706) up to the end of the political division of Germany (1989/90) within the stipulated runtime from 2014 to 2026.

Poverty and education in modern India
Despite the breakneck pace of its economic development, India remains the country with the largest number of poor worldwide. The Transnational Research Group (TRG) focuses on one aspect of poverty reduction and policy for the poor in particular: education and schools policy as well as vocational training. Like the provision of food, housing and health services, access to education is a central subject of concern in all policies aimed at the reduction of poverty.

The present rapid changes in the educational systems and the emergence of global private companies in this field make this an innovative topic for interdisciplinary research linking historical experience and present developments in India, Europe and in other parts of the world.

The TRG has brought together various research traditions and perspectives in this field and will contribute to a fruitful exchange between history, educational and social sciences in the three countries involved, but also worldwide. While concentrating primarily on India, the TRG also encourages comparative research and will draw on the expertise of colleagues working on similar topics in other areas of the world through conferences and visiting fellowships.

The Transnational Research Group is funded by the Max Weber Foundation - German Humanities Institutes Abroad from 2013 to 2017.