A group of students are to take part in a unique educational voyage.
The students will join the University of Delhi’s College on Wheels project and travel by train around northwest India for one week in September, learning about one of the world’s most culturally and economically diverse countries.
The journey will begin in Delhi and lead into the economic heart of Punjab - an area of significant agricultural importance for the country.
On board the train, the students will be taught about India’s history and will undertake projects, write book reviews and keep diaries of the journey.
Around 95 staff and students from the University of Edinburgh will join counterparts from King’s College London and the University of Delhi on the trip.
The train will travel to locations including Amritsar, the spiritual home of the Sikh religion; Ludhiana, the industrial hub of North India; and Chandigarh, the first planned city in post-independence India.
This is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We hear so much about India in the media, especially about its economy and culture, so it will be fantastic to visit a part of it. I’m really looking forward to meeting Indian students too and hearing about their life and studies.
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 Edinburgh India Institute, which seeks to boost Scotland’s cultural, business and academic ties with India, and 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.
As a leading international University, Edinburgh wants to encourage its students to visit other countries and cultures so that they gain a better understanding of the world and come back enriched both personally and professionally. In addition, this collaboration will further strengthen the relationship between the Universities of Delhi and Edinburgh.