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Masters programme

Since 2008, the South Asia Institute at University of Heidelberg, Germany, runs an interdisciplinary Master's programme entitled ”Health and Society in South Asia” (MAHASSA). The programme is a taught, two-year interdisciplinary degree with a focus on Medical Anthropology and South Asian Studies. 
 It is integrated with the curriculum of Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute, allowing students to integrate South Asian languages, geography, politics, etc. into their plan of study. Most students base their Masters Thesis on field research conducted in South Asia. The language of instruction is English. The programme is intended for students who plan to work (or already work) in health-related fields but also for those who wish to pursue an academic career. The programme is administered by the Dept. of Anthropology at the South Asia Institute, specializing in Medical Anthropology, with various staff members conducting research on ritual healing, folk medicine, South Indian medicine, health and environment, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, gender and health, women's reproductive health and Islam, and other topics.
The programme combines Medical Anthropology with South Asian Studies. Medical Anthropology is the study of healing systems, not primarily in terms of scientific theories or health policies, but also focusing on and analyzing how they are practiced in concrete, socio-cultural contexts. Admissions for the next program starting in October 2018 is now open and applications should have reached the University before 15 June 2018. More information about MAHASSA

Internationella Programkontoret

In late 2017, the Swedish Council for Higher Education decided upon the seventeenth round of Linnaeus Palme Exchange Programme grants, for the period 2017 –  2018. A total amount of SEK 37,8 Million was distributed to 85 projects at Swedish universities. Nine renewed exchange projects, plus one new project, are with India. Besides one renewed project is with Bangladesh, another one with Nepal, and finally  a new project with Bhutan is being funded.

Two projects each were given to Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University, Linnaeus University, and Mälardalen University; one each to Ersta Sköndal, Gävle, Malmö, Umeå, and Uppsala.
The following Swedish institutions are involved:
- Department of Social Work, Ersta Sköndal högskola
- Department of Business and Economic Studies, Gävle University
- Läkarprogrammet, Karolinska Institutet
- Division of Physiotherapy, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet
- Division of Nursing Science, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University
- Department of Education, Linköping University
- School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Växjö/Kalmar
- Department of Social Work, Linnaeus University, Växjö/Kalmar
- Faculty of Education, Malmö University
- School of Health, Care and Social Welfare (HVV), Mälardalens Högskola
- School of Business, Society and Engineering (EST), Mälardalens Högskola
- Department of Nursing, Umeå University
- Department of History, Uppsala University
More information.

Andrea Flack,Tania Lutfunnessa, Madeleine Collin, and Sokol Xhaxho, third semester Master students in Sociology of Law and currently doing internship within the Child Rights Institute at Lund University along with Professor Per Wickenberg and NSAN editor Lars Eklund..

On behalf of the Lund University Commissioned Education (uppdragsutbildning), the Lund University successfully administered the Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida) funded ”Advanced International Training Programme on Child Rights, Classroom and School Management” for 15 years - till 2016 - in collaboration with Sociology of Law Department, School of Social Work, Lund University’s former Dept. of Education, and the Faculty of Education and Society at Malmö University.
The programme aimed at spreading knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – UNCRC and supporting schools and authorities in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin Amerika, including India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Inonesia in South and Southeast Asia. The programme was intended for target persons holding a position from which they could initiate processes of change in their home countries. In India, special focus was put on Kerala state, from where 30 participants to the programme were selected. The results of the training programme was summarized in the book ”Realising Child Rights in Education”. Go for the book, available on the Internet.
In Lund, one local result was also the formation of The Child Rights Institute at Lund University (CRI@LU), a multidisciplinary university organisation with participants in four faculties at LU with an overarching aim to support the Rights of the Child in different contexts, national and international, in research, in education or in other relevant practices concerning the Rights of the Child. This project is connected to the Department of Sociology of Law.
CRI@LU, coordinated by Professor Per Wickenberg and Professor Kerstin Svensson, has now initiated a follow-up venture to the concluded training programme. Funding has been secured for a three-year project, an Internet platform is being constructed and 16 country-based networks are set up, including one in India and one in Sri Lanka. The networking process started in May 2017 with a workshop in Lund, but the project will be officially inaugurated in February 2018. The aims are the same as in the previous project, but this time the idea is that each country involved will do the work themselves. In the case of India, it means that former participants from Kerala state now will spread the mission to for example near states as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The Child Rights Institute has also connected four master students in their internship to the project, Andrea Flack and Madeleine Collin from Sweden, Sokol Xhaxho from Albania, and finally Tania Lutfunnessa from Bangladesh, who is planning to write her master thesis on Child Marriages in her country.
NSAN editor Lars Eklund met Per Wickenberg on 18 October 2017 to learn more about the new project, and he had also a chance to meet the master students.


In April 2017, the Swedish Institute decided upon its Study Scholarships which are annually awarded to students from selected countries for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden for the academic year 2017-18, starting in the autumn semester 2017. This year, 40 candidates from Bangladesh were selected for scholarships, three from India, two each from Afghanistan and Nepal, and one each from Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
See the list of scholarships to Afghani and Bangladeshi candidates and info to which department and university they were admitted.
See the list of scholarships to Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani and Srilankan candidates and info to which department and university they were admitted.
The scholarships are aimed at developing global leaders and is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically and to experience Swedish society and culture. The scholarship covers both living costs and tuition fees. Students from the South Asian countries mentioned above, plus Bhutan and the Maldives can apply. Applicants must have at least two years’ work experience and must display outstanding academic qualifications and leadership experience while also showing ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in their country.
Next call for the Swedish Institute Scholarship Programmes will be at the end of 2017 for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2018.
More information will follow on

Out of the more than 1,000 applicant for the Swedish Institute-run Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) programme 2017, 32 persons were selected, 9 from Pakistan, 5 from Afghanistan and 6 each from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. The four-week programme is divided into two modules, first part is three weeks in Stockholm 28 August - 15 September 2017, and a second part consists of a week in February 2018 at another location.
Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) is an intercultural leadership programme for young leaders in South Asia. YCF offers personal and professional development to leaders who work for positive social change in the field of democracy, human rights, sustainability and equality. The programme provides the tools necessary to accomplish greater social impact. YCF builds and strengthens individual leadership through group-centric methods such as collaboration, feedback and reflection. Participants will learn in group from merited facilitators and from each other, through workshops, practical exercises and hands-on performance. More information.

INLANSO Hindi teachers Dr Roquiya Khatoon and Dr Vivek Kumar Jaiswal with Prof. Dipak Malik in Mussoorie.

The NSAN editor Lars Eklund, who is also Executive Director, Communications, for the Varanasi-based Centre for the Study of Indian Languages and Society (INLANSO), has spent three weeks on a reconnaisance tour to India and Bhutan.
During the period 25-29 April 2017, he spent time in Varanasi to study the activities at the main INLANSO office. He then joined Dr. Miriya Juntunen Malik (photo), Academic Director at INLANSO, and Dr. Dipak Malik, INLANSO Managing Director, in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand state, to launch the new summer course in Hindi there from early May. 
During his stay in India, Lars has met most of the INLANSO staff, including local Hindi language teachers Dr Roquiya Khatoon and Dr Vivek Kumar Jaiswal; and students from Oslo and Uppsala Universities, with the advanced student Armin Chiocchetti also teaching. Lars in close collaboration with Miriya has also planned for an update of the INLANSO web site and taken part in the planning of new courses and programmes.
Read more about Lars’ 2017 reconnaissance tour to Varanasi and Mussorie.

The Centre for the Study of Indian Languages and Society (INLANSO) in Varanasi, India, offers a summer programme on ”The Power and Culture of News Media in India”, 3-28 July 2017. It will be held in Varanasi and Lucknow. Applications should be sent before 5 June 2017.
The course will focus on the role of news media (printed press) in shaping the political contexts for both regional and national actors during the period prior to the independence as well as during the recent period. The continuing expansion of the newspapers in regional languages has provided common people direct access to the political fora as well as it has offered others to get through political messages.
Through lectures, seminars and reading of the newspapers, especially the regional ones (Hindi, Urdu and Tamil) different approaches, if any, will be identified and analysed. Power and culture of printed news media in India will also be critically investigated through direct interactions with the readers and the journalists. Participants should have a minimum of 2 years of academic university studies of South Asia related area studies including the study of Hindi/Urdu and preferably (but not necessarily) Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam/Kannada. Full information.

From 3 - 28 July 2017, the Centre for the Study of Indian Languages and Society (INLANSO) in Varanasi, India, offers an Intensive Hindi Study Programme on the Spectrum of Literature and Culture of Benares. Applications should be delivered before 5 June 2017.
The programme is intended for those interested in improving their spoken Hindi while exploring the literary and cultural heritage as well as present day setting in the multifaceted city of Benares. Knowledge of Hindi grammar upto lower intermediate level is necessary accompanied by fluency in reading and writing the Devanagari script.
​The tuition fee includes 20 hours of instruction, tuition, guiding, coordination, outdoor visits included in the programme, exams and the evaluation. Costs for traveling to and from Varanasi/Lucknow, local transportation, accommodation costs, medical costs, visa fees and insurance fees will be paid by the student. Full information.

Every year, the Government of Sri Lanka invites applications from eligible students for the award of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships offered by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways, Sri Lanka under the Government of Sri Lanka Presidential Scholarships for Foreign Students programme, now latest for the academic year 2016/17. More information about the programme.

This programme has been in operation for five years and provides 100 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships annually to foreign students from identified countries. These countries include all South Asian nations. Among the Nordic countries Sweden, Norway and Iceland are included. The ambition is that this scholarship scheme would bring about stronger educational and cultural ties with friendly nations. Students are given a chance to enroll themselves in either undergraduate or postgraduate programs conducted by some selected state universities in Sri Lanka. The vision behind the programme is to turn Sri Lanka into an International Hub of Excellence for Higher Education by 2020. Courses are to commence in November 2017. Since this is a government to government scholarship programme, candidates should apply for this scholarship with the recommendation of the government scholarship nominating agency (Ministry / Institution) of the respective country. The scholarship will include tuition fees, Visa charges, Flight fares and an monthly living allowance. Last official date for submitting applications was on the 8 May 2017. Read the full broschure about the programme.

For the fourth year, a number of Swedish universities - including KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Lund University - organise what is known as Pre-Departure Seminars for newly admitted students from India and Bangladesh. The India seminars, held in five cities - Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi - are organized in collaboratio with Business Sweden and the Swedish Institute (SI), and are meant to provide the practical information on studying in Sweden. The Swedish Embassy also participates and provides information regarding the visa to the adopted. Some universities prefer to talk to their adopted via Skype also associated with these seminars. In 2017, the India seminars are held during the period 3-9 April; and they are followed by a seminar for admitted students in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April, 10th. More information.
Professor Rajeev Thottappillil of KTH’s School of Electrical Engineering is the Director of International Affairs for India. It should be mentioned that there are four Indian universities with which KTH currently has formal partnerships, namely the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai, Delhi and Roorkee, plus the University of Pune. Besides, the KTH-India Scholarship Foundation provides an opportunity for two scholars from India per academic year to educate themselves on advanced level at KTH. More information.

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