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.