Passage to India

University students are invited to take part in the educational trip of a lifetime.

The University of Delhi is inviting Edinburgh students to take part in its “College on Wheels” project, in which around 1,000 students and staff will travel by train around India for one week in September.

The train will travel from Delhi into the cultural, economic and agricultural heartland of Punjab, allowing the travellers to better understand the dynamics of the region’s emerging economy, as well as its importance in terms of farming and heritage.

It will also travel to Amritsar, the spiritual centre for the Sikh religion; Ludhiana, the industrial hub of North India; and Chandigarh, the first planned city in post-independence India.

An educational journey

Travelling by train across India will allow students not only get to know the country, but also their fellow travellers.

The University of Delhi is inviting students from the UK, USA and Australia to take part, as well as students from Delhi.

They will undertake projects, write book reviews and maintain a diary of the journey.

Students will alternate between staying nights at hotels and on the train, which is equipped with the internet, laptops, and an on-board library.

It is a new experiment in education. The idea comes from the fact that train journeys have been highly illuminating and educative for many great people like Mahatma Gandhi. It will also be a great way for students to learn about the country.

Dinesh SinghVice Chancellor, University of Delhi

How to apply

The College on Wheels will take place from September 2-8.

Students who are interested in applying should register by emailing their name and contact details to by 24 June 2013.

Students who are accepted to attend this trip will receive £100 bursary to cover the cost of the train journey, meals and accommodation.

Those travelling will also need to arrange and pay for flights, visas, vaccinations and insurance.

Edinburgh and India

The University has a long tradition of teaching and scholarship relating to India.

Former Edinburgh figures include William Robertson, who wrote one of the earliest European texts on Indian commerce and culture, and John Brockington, who was Secretary-General of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies from 2010-2012.

The University has a dedicated India Liaison Office in Mumbai and is also home to the Centre for South Asian Studies, the principal academic unit in Scotland dedicated to the study of the Indian subcontinent.

The Centre has links with the Scottish Parliament, non-governmental organisations and major educational and cultural groups in South Asia and Scotland.

Professor Roger Jeffery, one of the founders of the Centre, is President of the European Association for South Asian Studies.