Dr Ravin­dra Kumar Singh — Visi­t­ing Pro­fes­sor of Indian Stu­dies at Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­tät Han­no­ver


The Indian Coun­cil for Cul­tu­ral Rela­ti­ons (ICCR), in con­sul­ta­ti­on with Indian Mis­si­ons abroad, has estab­lished Chairs of Indian Stu­dies in various for­eign uni­ver­si­ties. The pur­po­se of the­se Chairs, apart from edu­ca­ting for­eign stu­dents about India, is to beco­me a nucleus around which Indian Stu­dies could deve­lop in aca­de­mic insti­tu­ti­ons abroad. The academics/scholars depu­ted to the­se Chairs not only teach cour­ses on various aspec­ts of India, but through other aca­de­mic activi­ties — like rese­arch gui­d­ance, semi­nar co-ordi­na­ti­on, publi­ca­ti­ons, deli­vering public lec­tures — deve­lop scho­l­ar­ly inter­ac­tions with the aca­de­mics of that coun­try and assist in dis­se­mi­na­ting infor­ma­ti­on on India and in crea­ting a bet­ter appre­cia­ti­on of various India rela­ted issu­es.

Accord­in­gly, Dr Ravin­dra Kumar Singh has been selec­ted for depu­ta­ti­on as ICCR Rota­ting Chair (Visi­t­ing Pro­fes­sor of Indian Stu­dies) at Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­ty of Han­no­ver for a peri­od of one semes­ter (from 10 Octo­ber 2016 to 31 March 2017). In India, he is Asso­cia­te Pro­fes­sor of Law at Guja­rat Natio­nal Law Uni­ver­si­ty. He has alrea­dy com­men­ced his aca­de­mic activi­ties at Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­ty. Besi­des making con­tri­bu­ti­ons through tea­ching cour­ses, he will also be doing rese­arch activi­ties (in form of wri­ting rese­arch papers), deve­lo­ping aca­de­mic col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons, and deli­ver public lec­tures. At Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­ty, Prof (Dr) Bernd H Opper­mann is his host pro­fes­sor.

As a Visi­t­ing Pro­fes­sor, Dr Singh has been assi­gned two cour­ses to teach at the Facul­ty of Law, Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­ty: ‘Com­pa­ra­ti­ve Con­tract Law (with Ele­ments of Elec­tro­nic Con­trac­ts)’ & ‘Indian Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Law in a Com­pa­ra­ti­ve View’. Besi­des the­se two regu­lar cour­ses, he will also be deli­vering spe­cial lec­tu­re.

He was invi­ted by the Embas­sy of Indian in Ber­lin as a pane­list for a Panel Dis­cus­sion on the occa­si­on of the Con­sti­tu­ti­on Day of India. The broad the­me for the occa­si­on was: ‘The Con­tri­bu­ti­on of Indian Con­sti­tu­ti­on to a Sta­ble Demo­cra­cy’.  He was also invi­ted by the Con­su­la­te Gene­ral of India in Ham­burg as a Speaker for the cere­mo­ny com­me­mo­ra­ting the Con­sti­tu­ti­on Day of India. On the said occa­si­on, his lecture/keynote address was on ‘Judi­ci­al Review’. Fur­ther, he was also invi­ted by the Indian Asso­cia­ti­on Han­no­ver at the ‘Infor­ma­ti­on Café’ event on 27 Novem­ber 2016 at Han­no­ver. At the event, he dis­cus­sed the fol­lo­wing the­mes: ‘Uni­form Civil Code for India’, ‘Sur­ro­ga­cy Law in India’ and ‘Judi­ci­al Appoint­ments in the Hig­her Judi­cia­ry of India’.

In the remai­ning peri­od, he will be deli­vering a public lec­tu­re on ‘India and UNCITRAL Model Law on Elec­tro­nic Com­mer­ce 1996 — ICCR Lec­tu­re on India’ which is being orga­nis­ed by the Insti­tu­te of Inter­na­tio­nal Law, Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­ty, Han­no­ver on 01 Febru­a­ry 2017. Simi­lar­ly, ano­t­her spe­cial lec­tu­re in the qui­te pro­mi­nent European Legal Prac­tice Pro­gram­me (ELPIS)-Colloquium on ‘Map­ping the Con­sti­tu­tio­na­li­ty of Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Amend­ments under the Con­sti­tu­ti­ons of India and Ger­ma­ny’ will be deli­ve­r­ed by him on 02 Febru­a­ry 2017.

Dr Singh is endea­vou­ring to make the grea­test uti­li­sa­ti­on of this oppor­tu­ni­ty to deve­lop scho­l­ar­ly inter­ac­tions with the aca­de­mics of this country/university and assist in dis­se­mi­na­ting infor­ma­ti­on on India and in crea­ting a bet­ter appre­cia­ti­on of various India rela­ted issu­es.

His inter­ac­tions with other facul­ty mem­bers help deve­lop mutu­al appre­cia­ti­on of the legal edu­ca­ti­on, sys­tem and publi­ca­ti­on, besi­des pro­vi­ding an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from each other.

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