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Cologne Summer School "Education and Social Stratification in India" 2020

Dates: September 21st through October 2nd, 2020



In the mornings:

Seminars on the topic of educational inequalities, e.g. by caste, religion, gender or regional disparities, and social stratification in India. We will discuss the education system and the provision of education in schools, in vocational education and training and in universities, and then focus on different social dimensions of inequalities in education and how they relate to social stratification in Indian society.

In the afternoon:

Excursions and cultural activities


Locations: Pune



- 250 € (includes accommodation, provisions, and transportation)*

- Flights and visa have to be paid for by the students individually


Number of participants: 

- 15 students from Germany

- 5 students from Symbiosis International University, Pune


Eligibility requirements: 

Students who wish to apply have to be enrolled at the University of Cologne or at one of our China-NRW Alliance partner institutions.


Application deadline:

February 29th, 2020


How to apply:


For further information please contact:

Sarah-Marleen Dannenberg
University of Cologne 
International Office 
Universitätsstraße 22a 
Room 0.210 
Phone: 0221/470-7494 


*Subject to available funding; otherwise approx. 850 € per person. Please note that grants are only available for students of the University of Cologne. Students of China-NRW Alliance partner institutions will have to pay for the total of approx. 850 € per person regardless of available funding.


Cologne Summer School "Education and Social Stratification in India" 2018

At our Cologne Summer School “Education and Social Stratification in India” students could get insights into the Indian educational system and the Indian society.
Organized by the University of Cologne in cooperation with the Symbiosis International University in Pune, 15 German students from different faculties and universities in North-Rhine Westphalia and 10 students from Symbiosis International University participated in the fourth edition of the Cologne Summer School India.  Lectures about the Indian Educational System, the Internationalization of Higher Education, as well as Migrational Issues prepared both the German and the Indian students to fruitfully debate educational and societal questions, regarding both India and Germany. Thereby the students were able to deepen their intercultural awareness on both sites, while no longer talking about India, but rather with India.
The program not only consisted of lectures, but also covered various field trips and workshops. The exploration of the different sites of Pune took the students through the busy streets of the city center and also included a visit to the Shaniwar Wada Fort and its beautiful garden area, the Jangli Maharaj Temple and the lively, colorful and noisy marketplaces, where students could have an authentic Indian shopping experience. During the time of the Summer School, the Ganesha festival was celebrated, where numerous temporary temples were set up across the whole city to worship Lord Ganesha, a Hindu god in the shape of an elephant. A daytrip to the Kaas Plateau located a three hours ride south of Pune gave students the opportunity to explore India’s stunning nature through observing endemic flowers and insects. Another field trip gave insights into Indian village life, including a farm visit. Workshops about Madhubani painting, an ancient Indian art form and the famous Indian Bollywood dancing were not missing either. The students also had the opportunity to get a “Mehendi”, a henna tattoo, which is typically painted on the hands. Needless to say, the students could try a lot of tasty Indian food, including the famous Thali, a meal that is made up of a selection of various dishes.
The Cologne Summer School “Education and Social Stratification in India” was a great chance to learn about the diversity of Indian society, including the influence of the caste system, the various religions and the complex educational system, as well as its linkage to history. By bringing students from different cultural backgrounds together, the interaction between various ideas and perspectives was successfully created.




How it all started...

It all started with the idea that a summer school should not only educate students on the formal educational level but also on the informal intercultural level which opens doors and widens horizons. The Summer School in the Himalayas project was launched in August 2015 for the first time with 13 participating students from various faculties and different study areas of China-NRW Alliance institutions. It was created to give students a first insight into this beautiful country and its rich culture by offering lectures, excursions, and Hindi lessons for beginners in six different cities. The Summer School started in Delhi with a city tour through the old town including important sights and temples, continued on to Dehradun and Anjanisain in the hills of the Himalayas, and ended in Haridwar, known as the 'Gateway of Gods'. Furthermore, the students went on daytrips to Mussoorie, a small town situated in the foothills of the Garwal Himalayan ranges and Rishikesh, the world's most famous capital of yoga and 'Place of Sagas'. The lectures that were offered comprised topics such as, pre- and post-colonial history, marginalized communities in Indian society, the role of religion, and issues and challenges of development in India. In 2016, a trip to the Taj Mahal was added to the optional program due to its popularity. After running for two successful years, we invited a lecturer from the University of Cologne to design the academic program and offer a class for both the German and ...