Modern Indian Studies at the University of Goettingen

The workplace and its functions are rapidly changing in the wake of the rapid growth in machine learning and artificial intelligence. According to many experts, many jobs and fields will go under total transformation, giving rise to a lot of uncertainty and speculation.  

Most experts argue that the coming decades would require people with diverse and multi-disciplinary skills who can deal with turbulent changes in the market. Many institutions and universities have already taken the call and have introduced multi-disciplinary learning and diversified practices as a part of their curricula, which would equip the upcoming generation with the skill sets required to survive the upcoming challenges.   

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The University of Gottingen is one such public research university in Germany, which has introduced a multi-disciplinary master’s degree in Modern Indian Studies. The University was established in 1737 by King George II and has produced 44 Nobel laureates. Its alums also include renowned personalities such as Otto Von Bismarck, Gauss, Weber, Burckhardt and JP Morgan. It is also currently the largest University in Lower Saxony and houses around 30,000 students from a plethora of disciplines. The University is a leading centre of research in modern South Asian history and has produced scholars who have consistently contributed to research in new domains.  

The Centre offers the master’s course for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), which prides itself on the multi-disciplinary focus and collaborations with various universities and departments. As a rapidly developing country with an affluent middle class, India is becoming the focus of multi-national companies and businesses. India currently deals with multifaceted challenges which emerge through its large geographical size, diversity, politics and intricate history. Keeping that in mind, the course has an inter-disciplinary focus and offers a flexible structure.  

Students can specialize in the five domains ranging from the Media and Public Sphere, Religion, to Metamorphoses of the Political. This allows the student to cultivate their interests and open career opportunities in relevant fields. All the coursework is in English, and the applicants need to be proficient in English ascertained by TOEFL, EILTS or the Cambridge certification. Proficiency in German is not required, but the University offers German, French and Spanish courses free of cost.    

The course lets the students enhance their understanding of South Asian culture by learning a native language. Additionally, the University allows students to pursue one semester in India at JNU, Savitribai Phule Pune University, CSSSC Kolkata and the University of Delhi.  

The nature of the course structure is promising in opening creative possibilities for students. By picking and choosing courses from the five sets of domains, students can build an extensive knowledge base, learn various languages and get the first-hand experience of their studies by living in India for a semester.  

This course unlocks diverse career opportunities in research, development cooperation, tourism, administrative and government agencies, NGOs, and media and communications.  

To get more details, visit the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) – Georg-August-Universität Göttingen ( 

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