Indian Chairs Abroad


Since the 70’s, ICCR, in consultation with Indian Missions abroad, establishes Chairs of Indian Studies(Political Science, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Economics, Buddhist Studies & Law) & Indian Languages (Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu & Tamil) in different foreign universities/ institutes across the globe. The Chairs are based on signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cost-sharing(40:60), Standard(84:16) or Fully Funded(90:10) pattern. The objective is to generate intent & interest in India amongst foreign students. The Chairs are set up in pursuance of the long-term goal of creating greater understanding and awareness about India and Indian Civilization amongst the global community of academician and thinkers. These Chairs are deputed for a period of one semester, academic year and two years(extendable further on mutual consent) and are called short-term/ long-term Chairs. Indian faculties deputed to these Chairs not only teach courses on various aspects of India from Politics / Economy to Society & Culture, but through other academic activities like guidance research, conduct seminars and co-ordinations, publications, delivering public lectures, generate scholarly interactions with the academics of that country as well as students and assist in disseminating information on India and in creating a better appreciation of various India related issues.

Currently, ICCR has signed 47 MoUs with following Universities in 32 countries:-

ICCR Established Chairs List

Sr. No. Country University/Institute & City Subject
1 Austria University of Vienna Indian Studies (History)
2 Ireland Dublin City University Indian Studies (Political science)
University College of Cork Indian Studies
3 Canada Concordia University Guru Nanak Dev Ji Chair
University of Calgary Indian Studies (History)
University of Alberta Indian Studies (History)
Simon Fraser University Indian Studies
McGill University Indian Studies
4 Thailand Silpakorn University Sanskrit
Thammasat University Hindi
5 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan University Languages Sanskrit
6 Russia St. Petersburg State University Indian Studies (Philosophy)
7 UK Birmingham City University Traditional Music Chair
8 Nepal CNAS, Tribhuvan University Indian Studies (International relation) and (political science)
Lumbini Buddhist University Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies
Kathmandu University Indian Studies (Political science)
9 Sri Lanka Sabaragamuwa University Hindi
10 USA Rutgers University Indian Studies (History)
University of Pittsburg Indian Studies
University of Houston Tamil Studies
11 Croatia University of Zagreb Hindi and (Sanskrit)
12 Uzbekistan Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies Indian Studies (Hindi) and (Journalism)
University of World Economy and Diplomacy Indian Studies (International relations with expertise in India) and (South Asian Studies)
Samarkand State University Indian Studies (Information Technology)
13 Qatar Qatar University Indian Studies
14 Turkey Ankara University Hindi
15 UAE New York University of Abu Dhabi Indian studies (Social Science)
16 Tanzania University of Dar e Salaam Indian studies (Law)
17 Cambodia PSRB University, Phnom Penh Buddhist and (Sanskrit) Studies
18 Guyana University of Guyana Indian Studies (Economics)
19 Indonesia Udayana University Sanskrit
20 South Korea Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Indian Studies
21 West Indies University of West Indies Indian Studies (Philosophy),(INDOLOGY) and (GANDHIAN STUDIES)
22 Switzerland University of Lausanne Hindi
23 Poland Jagiellonian University Indian Studies (History)
24 Bangladesh Dhaka University Hindi
25 Germany Leibniz University Hanover Indian Studies Engineering Design
26 Tajikistan Tajik National University, Dushanbe Hindi-cum-URDU
27 Italy L’Orientale University of Naples Hindi
28 Bulgaria Sofia University, Sofia Hindi
29 Papua New Guinea PNG University Of Technology Indian Studies (Economics)
30 Mauritius Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka Hindi and (Sanskrit)
MSDTF Purohit course
31 Iceland University of Iceland Indian Studies (Hindi)
32 Zambia University of Zambia Indian Studies Philosophy, (History) and Cultural Studies