Contemporary India

Contemporary India

“Contemporary India: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Course” is a 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.

Have a glimpse of the 2017 and the 2016 programme and check out blogs by Elina Palinn and Ana Latorre from the 2017 programme.


The cost of the summer course depends on what kind of accomodation the student chooses; a single room will be INR  110970, and a shared room with twin beds will be INR 105470  (currency converter). 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.

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Students apply to the summer course at University of Hyderabad by submitting an application to the International office at their university. If directly applying to NCI, then 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). The final selection of students is made by University of Hyderabad. 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

  • 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: To be announced for 2020
  • 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. Each class will be of two hours duration on a specific theme per day. A few additional lectures may be organized on demand on topics of interest for the students
    • Interactive Discussion Sessions – 6 sessions of two hours each along with movie screenings
    • 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 grade transcript from the University of Hyderabad and a certificate along with supplementary documents 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.

International Grade Converter online
European Grade Converter online

Practical Information

Students can find practical information for the programme here and also, here.

Coordinator at University of Hyderabad

Prof. B Ananthakrishnan
Address: Study in India Program, South Campus, University of
Hyderabad, Prof. C. R. Road, Hyderabad 500 046, India
Phone: +91-40-66792808

Coordinator at Nordic Centre in India

Ms. Christabel Royan
Address: B2, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110 013, India
Phone: +91-9985146729