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The SDM Educational Society, located in a unique semi-rural setting of Karnataka (India), instituted the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CIRHS) in 2015 as a research institution on its Post-Graduate College campus. CIRHS has a particular focus on interdisciplinary, comparative research on India and Europe. It aims at generating and supporting a world-class research culture within the SDMES family of institutions. In order to reach this goal CIRHS takes up various activities of the following kinds: organising conferences, workshops and seminars and summer schools within and outside the SDM family of institutions; participating in collaborations with other Indian and international educational institutions; supporting research internships for students (both Indian and International) whose research is allied to the research interests of CIRHS; conducting short and long-term courses for research training for faculty and students; and central to all of these is the research undertaken by faculty and students connected to CIRHS.

Jean Monnet Modules Project

SDMES and CIRHS has been awarded a Jean Monnet Modules Project under the ERASMUS+ programme titled “India-Europe Relations and Diversity Management” in 2017. The project will run for three years from 2017 to 2020. This project aims to promote research and teaching experience among students, young researchers and scholars in issues related to the study of Europe, the European Union and India; to foster the publication and dissemination of academic research; and to create interest in topics relevant to the people of India and Europe.

Theme of the Project

India-Europe ties between the 17th and 20th century were the most significant influence in the emergence of the Indian nation-state in the 20th century. Yet, the last 60 years seem to have led us into a mutual amnesia. It was the US that emerged as a powerful attraction in the West for generations of Indians and where an influential Indian diaspora grew. The massive movements that brought Europe together as the EU went practically unnoticed in India. How do we make India and Europe relevant to each other in the 21st century? Interestingly, while Europe was taking on the process of integration, India was facing the outbreak of several different kinds of conflicts, based on a gamut of diverse issues. Thus, the question of managing diversity has been at the centre of a quest for peace both for Europe and India in this period. In this context, rethinking Europe and EU studies (Why should India study Europe or EU?), with a focus on diversity management (What can India and Europe learn from each other?), becomes extremely significant.

Three broad questions shape this project

1. How does Europe address the problem of diversity in its constant effort to preserve a political, economic and cultural union across nation-states?

2. Do its solutions have any bearing on conflicts related to diversity in the Indian context? How?

3. What is required to build an India-Europe relationship in the 21st century?

During this project, CIRHS will conduct a series of courses and dissemination activities, in various different formats, with an objective to

a) Introduce rural Indian students to the study of Europe

b) Build courses on the study of diversity management and cultural difference

a) Invite experts from Europe to interact with local students

b) Build a connection between classroom teaching and research

You will find links to the pages with details about these activities, like the announcement, invitation and other related information on CIRHS’ blog site<>.

This Jean Monnet Modules project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Duration of the project: Three years (2017-2020)


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Dr. Sufiya Pathan

Dr. Dunkin Jalki

CIRHS, SDM PG College, Ujire 574240, India.


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