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Winter Semester 2017/2018


Skill-conference in India on the 24th and 25th of October in the German House in Delhi

Foto: University of Cologne

The past and the future of Vocational Education and Training in India:

20 November 2017

A report about the Skill-conference in India on the 24th and 25th of October in the German House in Delhi

The Center for Modern Indian Studies (CMIS) and the German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz from the University of Cologne (UoC) were hosting a conference about vocational education and skill formation on the 24th and 25th of October in Delhi. The hosts were more than happy to welcome numerous highly-respected researchers from several Indian and German research facilities like Prof. Dr. Santosh Mehrotra (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Dr. Uma Gengaiah (Indira Gandhi National Open University), Prof. S. Nayana Tara (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore), Prof. Mona Khare (National University of Educational Planning and Administration), Dr. Usha Ajithkumar Malayankandy (Socio_economic Research Institute), Prof. Dr. Ganapathy Palanithurai (Gandhigram Rural Institute, Deemed University), Dr. Santosh Prusty (Indian Institute of Management Shillong), Prof. Dr. Regan Venkatram (Tamil Nadu Agricultural University), Prof. J.S. Sodhi (International Management Institute) and many others. The topic of the conference was the past and the future of research in the field of Vocational Education and Training. The researchers presented their various projects about Vocational Education and Skill Development. Those projects were arranged with the help of the CMIS and the German funding agency DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The projects had a wide range within the field of Vocational education like e.g. the quality of ITIs, informal learning in the informal sector as well as the demand-driven approaches in Skill Development. Due to the fact that the funding of the CMIS and the DAAD will expire in the end of 2017, the participants thought about the future of research in India in the second part of the conference. Not only funding was discussed during the workshops but also the direction and feasible topics for research in future. Subsequently the researchers signed the so called Declaration of Delhi. The Declaration can be seen as the cornerstone for the future of research between Indian and German scientists in Vocational Education. It will strengthen the research infrastructure in India and will help to develop new fields of research with the focus on sustainable Skill Development of workers in India. The conference was a fruitful closure of the CMIS. Not only because of the Declaration of Delhi the participants felt positive and optimistic about the future of research of Vocational Education and Skill Development in India.

Detailed information about the Skill-conference in India are available in the PDF file.


Summer School "Graphic Literature" 2017

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COLOGNE SUMMER SCHOOL “Graphic Literature” 2017

14 November 2017

At our Cologne Summer School “Graphic Literature” the students could follow the footsteps of German poets like Herder, Goethe and Hesse, who were longing for this fascinating country with all its cultural, religious and natural diversity already a long time ago. 

Organized by the University of Cologne in cooperation with Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Doon University in Dehradun, 13 German students from different faculties and universities as well as 10 students from the Indian universities participated in the third edition of the Cologne Summer School India. The lectures on post-colonial theory and graphic literature prepared the ground for an overcoming of a situation of talking about India instead of talking with India by having fruitful discussions with the local students that certainly deepened intercultural awareness on both sides. 

Apart from the lectures in the mornings the program was filled with various excursions, starting with the stunning Palace of Love, better known as Taj Mahal. Exploring the sites of Delhi the students got to see remains of the old indo-islamic period such as the minaret Qutab Minar or the beautiful mosque Jama Masjid as well as the modern Akshardham Tempel or the Connaught Place. An authentic shopping experience at some of the Indian colorful, noisy and fragrant markets was not missing either. The journey continued on to Dehradun in the foothills of the Himalayas with a daytrip to Mussoorie, passed Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga and ended in the holy city of Haridwar, known as the “Gateway of Gods” where the students could take a glance at the fascinating Hindu ceremony Ganga Aarti. 

The Cologne Summer School “Graphic Literature” was a great way to learn about the Indian (post- colonial) history and culture in those days as much as today. By bringing students from different countries together, a place where ideas could interchange and doors were opened was successfully created.