Contemporary India

Students from 2014 on their way to class

"Contemporary India: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Course" is four-week-long intensive summer course at University of Hyderabad that provides students an introduction to the dynamics of India's past and present. The course focuses on the diversities in India, covering a wide range of topics, including politics, economy, society, religion, and development. Students will learn and discuss various socio-cultural stratifications typical of India from a historical vantage point in order to understand their critical interplay in contemporary India. Located in the cosmopolitan city of Hyderabad, the intensive course includes daily lectures, field visits, assignments, preparatory readings, and the writing of a term paper. The course, open to students from all disciplines at the member universities of NCI, is organized by the Study in India Program at the campus of University of Hyderabad.


The cost of the summer course is INR 75000 (currency converter) for single room accommodation and INR 70000 (currency converter) for twin sharing accommodation. The amount covers all local costs, including the course fee, board and lodging at Tagore International Student Guest House, shorter field and study trips, and the use of medical facilities and the library at University of Hyderabad. Most of the reading material is also provided in photo copies or from the library. The cost does not include expenses for travels to and from Hyderabad, visa fees, or medical and travel insurance, for which the students need to pay by themselves. Click here for instructions on how to make the payment.


Students apply to the summer course at University of Hyderabad by submitting an application to the International office at their university. The application should include the following documents:

A letter providing information about previous university studies, expectations and motivations for attending the course, as well as contact information. A certificate of previous studies and a proof of the current registration at the university (a copy of the student card or any other documentation). A CV or other related material to support the application.

The admission procedure is conducted by nomination, i.e. after the International offices have received and reviewed the applications they will nominate students qualified for the summer course to the Nordic Centre in India (NCI). Based on the nominations, the NCI suggests students to be admitted and assists them further with the formal admission procedure. The final selection of students is made by University of Hyderabad. In case the number of nominees exceeds the maximum number of students who can participate in the course, the NCI and University of Hyderabad select students based on their qualifications and university affiliation. The students admitted to the course will be given a letter of admission from University of Hyderabad and can apply for study visa through the Indian embassy in their home country.

Course Description and Material

Course name: Contemporary India: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Course

Educational institution: Study in India Program, University of Hyderabad, India

Course credits: 7,5/10 ECTS

Language of instructions: English

Study period: summer, 2nd to 29th July 2017

Rate of studies: Full time

Maximum number of students: 50

Admission: 1 to 2 years of college or university studies with minimum grades equivalent to 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale or grade C according to ECTS.


The summer course has four educational components:

Lectures - approximately 15-17 classes of two hours duration. A few additional lectures may be organized on demand on topics of interest for the students.
Interactive Discussion Sessions - 6 sessions of two hours.
Study tour and field visit – one weekend tour to historical places in Hyderabad and Secunderabad and a field visit to a non-governmental organization in the nearby region.
Seminar presentations by students: 4-5 afternoon sessions during the fourth week.


Upon successful completion of the summer course, the students receive a certificate from the Nordic Centre in India that can award them 7.5 ECTS at their respective home university. For students who wish pursue 10 ECTS it is also possible to do additional assignments during the same period of time. Since the course is designed to suit students from Nordic universities with European and national credit systems, students are requested to consult the International offices for information about how to translate and register the course credits at their home university.

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Coordinator at University of Hyderabad

Dr. Kirtana Thangavelu, Director of the Study in India Program (SIP)
Phone: +91-40-66792808
Address: Study in India Program, South Campus, University of Hyderabad, Prof. C. R. Road, Hyderabad 500 046, India

Practical Information

The City of Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh and it is the fifth largest city of India. Today it is an intermingling of three smaller cities – the old city of Hyderabad with its strong Islamic cultural heritage, the more cosmopolitan Secunderabad, and the most recent addition of a Hi-tech city which has become the hub of India’s IT exports and BPO revolution. The city is situated 536 meters above the sea level on the Southern bank of the river Musi, and is characterized by a tropical wet and dry climate. Known for its laid back charm and rich cuisines, the city has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, including culture and history, nature and wildlife, and shopping.

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About University of Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad (UoH), one of the major institutions of higher education in India, is widely known for its excellence in research and for its distinguished faculty. Founded in 1974 with Prof. Gurbaksh Singh as its first Vice Chancellor, the university (also known as Hyderabad Central University or HCU) has emerged as a leading center of higher education and research. With 46 different Departments and Centers organized in 10 Schools of study, the university has over 400 faculty members and 5000 students. The university offers close to 150 different programs of study and also hosts an ever increasing number of foreign scholars in the highly popular Study in India Program. The University has built up a reputation for providing high quality academic training and has been recognized through a number of awards.

The Study in India Program (SIP) at University of Hyderabad began in 1998 and has expanded considerably in recent years. SIP is an interdisciplinary initiative, emphasizing heritage, continuity and change in India. The unique aspect of SIP is the primary attention given to the study interests of the students in order to facilitate a good match between the students' preferences and the courses they attend.

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UoH Campus

The large campus of the University of Hyderabad is located near Gachibowli, which is the IT hub ofHyderabad, has immense bio-diversity and is home to over 75 varieties of birds, not to speak of the lakes and rock formations which give the campus a natural beauty. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Library is the only library on campus and it is surrounded by a reading room that is open all days a week for students. The university has a Health Centre managed by a team of doctors, supported by nurses and other paramedical staff, and caters to the basic needs of the campus community. In case of need, students are taken to larger corporate hospitals. The University campus also has a multipurpose playground for cricket, football, volleyball, badminton, tennis, and basket­ball. Modern facilities for physical training and sports are also available on campus.

On campus there is a small bank, a post office, and an ATM, as well as several stores which cater to the needs of the students. Considering that the campus is quite large, students have the options of renting bicycles or taking advantage of the university buses that run regularly and connect different areas within the campus. When visiting the center city of Hyderabad there is a city bus service and autorickshaws easily available at the main entrance of the university. Students can also book taxi from campus and avail metered taxi services.


Students from the Nordic member universities of NCI live at the Tagore International Hostel. A choice of a single room or a room on twin sharing basis is available to students. Each room has a bed, mattress, pillow, table, chair, cupboard, mosquito net, bedspread, and blanket. Bathrooms with hot waters (heated by solar panels) are shared by students in one corridor. Washing machines are available in the hostel and if students want to get their clothes ironed they can avail the services of a local washerman (dhobi in Hindi). The rooms and the bathrooms are cleaned regularly. Students also have access to a large common room, a TV room, and a recreation room in the hostel. All rooms come with Wi-Fi access and the students are advised to bring their laptops. There is also an in-house hostel manager, available every day, to meet the daily needs of the students. Security is assured as the hostel is well guarded.


Students are provided breakfast, lunch and dinner at the dining hall in the Tagore International Hostel. A typical menu can look like this:

Breakfast: Cereals (corn flakes/muesli/chocos), eggs to order, bananas, toast with butter and jam/marmalade, fresh fruit juice, pancake/french toast/oats porridge/idli/vada/etc., tea and coffee.

Lunch: Salad, seasonal cut fruit, hand-made bread, special rice, two kinds of vegetarian curries, boiled vegetables/macaroni/pasta, starter and snack, lentils of the day, curd, pickle and dessert.

Dinner: Designed as the lunch and with a non-vegetarian dish added.

Primarily based on Indian cuisine, most meals are prepared with locally sourced vegetables and fruits, and are therefore nutritious. Furthermore, the meals are specially cooked according to the needs of foreign students and special care is taken of students with food allergies. Mineral water is provided at the hostel and students are requested to take advantage of the same. There are also several canteens, tea stalls and small food stores on campus. Restaurants and fast food joints are easily accessible outside the campus area.

Hyderabad, being a cosmopolitan city, provides a lot of options with regard to food. There are several restaurants dotting the city that meet different requirements in terms of price, ambience and cuisine. To find restaurants, check buurp and zomato. Hyderabad has a lot of choices for visitors. For ideas on what to do in the city and during weekend getaways, check the following tourist and event pages: Andhra Pradesh Tourism, meraevents, and