Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
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Study Program Coordinator
Dr. Michael Dickhardt
Room 1.108, CeMIS
Tel +49 551 39-20238
Fax +49 551 39-14215
Office hours: Tuesdays 2-4pm or per appointment.

M.A. Study Advisor
Lalit Vachani
Tel +49 551 39-20242
Room 2.107, CeMIS
Office hours: Tuesdays 2-4pm or per appointment. Per appointment only during the semester break.

Martin Ertelt
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, Oeconomicum 1.114
37073 Göttingen
Tel. +49 551 39 19730
Fax. +49 551 39 19827

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MA Modern Indian Studies

The English language Master Program „Modern Indian Studies“ provides profound knowledge in the field and the ability to conduct interdisciplinary scientific research on the subject of India as well as to apply the results of scientific research. The program qualifies for a successful start into a professional career und provides the basis for further in-depth studies in Ph.D. programmes.

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Academic focus

The teaching program at the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Indian Studies in Göttingen is characterised by the fact that the different perspectives that the humanities, the social and the economic sciences have on the Indian subcontinent are integrated into one concept. The main focus, though, is on dealing with contemporary problems regarding Indian politics, society and economy. This teaching project actively involves development economists, anthropologists, historians, indologists, political and religion scientists as well as geologists. Besides specific knowledge about India from these subjects, students will gain profound knowledge relating to the geography, history and institutions of the country. Students of Modern Indian Studies should learn at least one modern Indian language required in many fields.

Program structure

The Master Program Modern Indian Studies provides interdisciplinary courses with the following topics: "Metamorphoses of the Political", "Religion", "Inequality and Diversity", "Labour and Capital in Modern India", and "Media and Public Spheres". Students will learn a modern Indian language. All students have the option to spend their third semester at a university in India, or at a university in Europe or overseas which also has a focus on India.

Career prospects

The Master Program „Modern Indian Studies“ qualifies for a professional career in Indian and transnational companies, in the field of social and economic development, in associations, in administration and public service, in NGOs, in tourism and in the field of media and communication. Furthermore, it provides the basis to continue an academic career.

Language recommendations

Knowledge of a modern Indian language is recommended, however language courses can also be taken in the M.A. program.

Here you will find the newest Examination and Program Rules and Regulations (in German, English will follow). Please note that the current rules and regulations are being changed. Please contact the study program coordinator for more information.

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