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Center for Modern Indian Studies

At the University of Cologne, Center for Modern Indian Studies (CMIS-UC) was established in September 2010 funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and administered through German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Within the  DAAD-initiative  "A New Passage to India" (ANPtI), the University of Cologne has one of the four existing centers nationwide, to strengthen the joint German-Indian research and intercultural exchange. The Chair of Economic and Social Education at the University of Cologne promotes the center especially in terms of infrastructure, organization and staffing. Leading subject is the development of rural areas in India.

CMIS-UC is designed as an Inter-Disciplinary center with combines research fields of Business and Economic Education, Law, Indology and Tamil Studies and Vocational Education and Training and Law and Philosophy (from 2013) involving the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Philosophy.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz, Director of German Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training ( G.R.E.A.T.) and  Chair of Economics and Business Education at the University of Cologne, coordinates CMIS-UC.

"Vellore Institute of Technology" (VIT) University, " Tamil Nadu Agricultural University" (TNAU), " Gandhigram Rural University" (GRI), " University of Pondicherry", " Indian Institute of Management Bangalore" (IIMB), " National Law School University Bangalore" (NLSUB), " School of Planning and Architecture" (SPA), " Periyar University" (PU), " Gujarat National Law University" (GNLU) and " Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune" (BVU) are the Indian partners in the project.

The project will be having Guest Professors for one semester each, short duration visiting Professors, exchanges students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD level and events like summer schools (India and in Cologne).


The outcomes of the CMIS-UC in next years will be:

1) Stage wise Integration of various offers in combination with Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (focus on Economic literacy and Vocation Education), the Indology, Ethnology and Faculty of Law,

2) Studying the role of German industries in rural development in India,

3) Conceptualization of teaching offers in the subjects of Rural Development and Business Education in cooperation with partners in India.