In the next 15 years, India is projected to become the world’s third largest economy and the next e-commerce giant. India is one of two nuclear powers in the volatile South Asian region, and shares a disputed land border with China. India is also a key player in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), facing territorial disputes and the impact of global environmental pressures on coastal and marine resources. India is also facing challenges to the development of its democracy – a radical shift in its political party system and ongoing major social challenges in the context of its rapid economic growth.
In spite of the potential importance of India for Europe, the European research community’s expertise on India is weak, with a shortage of PhDs in this area and with few modules on India being taught on either undergraduate or postgraduate programmes. The increasing importance of India as a world economic and political power means that Europe needs to train a new generation of experts who understand the political, economic and social developments in India, have experience of living and working in the country, and have the cultural awareness, languages and research skills necessary to observe and analyse how India’s engagement with the world is changing.
The network will create the knowledge and expertise required for the EU’s engagement with the new global India. It brings together six leading European universities, with six leading Indian universities, and six non- university partners (one as a beneficiary) to develop an integrated, multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral PhD programme.
The programme strategy is to provide an integrated training programme that develops research skills along with complementary skills associated with an awareness of the needs of potential non-academic employers and the capacity to translate information and analysis into a variety of forms to suit the needs of a range of recipients. It also aims to make researchers culturally aware and adaptable both in terms of their capacity to move between India and Europe and also to move between different work environments. This will provide researchers with a set of transferable skills that can be adapted to other regional contexts and global relationships. Its capacity to do this is based on interdisciplinary research teams in Europe and India. These teams in a number of different configurations have a track record of working together. Most European and Indian academics in the network already work in interdisciplinary environments rather than traditional departments. The interaction with non- academic sectors is central to the Network and its training process, and non-academic partners will be fully integrated into the training of the researchers from the beginning so that at all times researchers will be aware of, and will have to work with, public policy, commercial and advocacy perspectives.
Explaining Global India: a multi-sectoral PhD training programme analysing the emergence of India as a global actor (GLOBAL INDIA).
Esther Barbé and Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués
Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).
Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network.
From 01/05/2017 to 30/04/2021
Entities involved in the project
Full Academic Partners: Dublin City University (coordinator. Dublin, Ireland), Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, Germany), King’s College London (London, England), KU-Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Uniwersytet Warsawski (Warsaw, Poland) and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
Indian University Partners: Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi), University of Calcutta (Kolkata), Jadavpur University (Kolkata), Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and University of Mumbai (Mumbai).
Non University Partners: Kimmage Development Studies Centre (Think Tank – Dublin, Ireland), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Leading Business Network – New Delhi, India), NIIT (Commercial Enterprise – Dublin, Ireland), Observer Research Foundation (Think Tank – New Delhi, India), People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (Human Rights NGO – Varanasi, India) and South Asia Democratic Forum (Think Tank – Brussels, Belgium).