Prof Neeta Inamdar, Head of the Department of European Studies (DES), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, has been the driving force of the Department since its inception in December 2009. DES, Manipal, which was funded by the Delegation of EU to India, now stands as a major hub for the European Studies in India. DES is the only centre in India that offers a Master program in European Studies. The Centre effectively coordinates with other European study centres in India and has meaningful interaction with a number of European universities in terms of faculty and student mobility and collaborative research
Over the last eight years, Prof Inamdar has developed DES, Manipal into a centre of learning and resource. She is able to obtain an astonishing amount of around €1.5 million grant by the European Union for diverse academic projects. The journey began with a funding of €299,000 from the Delegation of European Union to India in 2009 towards the establishment of the Centre for European Studies. It became a part of the IBIES (Interdisciplinary Bridges in Indo-European Studies) a consortium that was selected in 2012 for an Erasmus Mundus program. Further, a course titled Cultural Analysis and European Identity offered by the Centre has been co-funded by Jean Monnet module in 2014. In addition to this, Prof Inamdar has also been successful in the Jean Monnet Project application for a policy debate on Internationalization of Higher Education and Bologna process.
Prof Inamdar has successfully developed collaborations with several European universities and this has resulted in the enhanced mobility of students and staff of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) through Erasmus Plus Credit Mobility KA 107. She is also a part of the Consortium led by University of Bremen, Germany for Marie Curie COFUND project.
Prof Inamdar and the Centre received a major shot in the arm this year with the grant of over half a million euros coming their way through Erasmus Plus Capacity Building project in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). The project is of immense importance as it has the potential to impact the pedagogical method practiced in the schools across the nation.
Interestingly, Prof. Inamdar has also ensured that DES, Manipal diversifies its activities in a meaningful fashion. It has three centres with unique areas of focus: Dvaita Philosophy Resource Centre, Centre for Foreign Languages and Centre for Intercultural Studies and Dialogue. These centres focus on niche areas such as Indian philosophy, foreign language studies and cultural sensitivity issues. Overall, the activities of these centres have turned DES, Manipal a resource centre for multidisciplinary research projects.
In addition to all these activities, Prof Inamdar also acts as the Chief Editor of the Manipal University Press (MUP). Under her guidance, MUP has established itself as an important entity with more than 75 publications across disciplines.