SASNET Contact journey reports

SASNET’s director Anna Lindberg and deputy director Lars Eklund travelled in Northern and Western/ Southwestern India during the period 1–30 November 2007.Totally, they visited more than 30 important universities and research institutions, with an ambition to promote Indo-Swedish researcher cooperation and student exchange in all fields, from medicine/natural sciences to social sciences/humanities. A large number of fruitful meetings were held in all the places visited, including Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Loni, Pune, Bangalore and Mysore. In New Delhi, the Swedish Embassy also organised a reception/dinner for the academic world in honour of the visiting SASNET delegation. Read the short summary travel report, or read the more detailed travel report, with links to 34 special reports from each and every institution visited.

On Saturday 3 November 2007, a seminar meeting was organised in New Delhi for SASNET’s South Asian Reference group, consisting of a number of senior researchers from the region, who closely observe SASNET’s activities and give constructive suggestions to the root node. 
SASNET’s Director Anna Lindberg and the Deputy Director Lars Eklund met and discussed with Dr. Rita Afsar, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Dr. Tek Nath Dhakal, Campus Chief of Public Administration Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal; Professor Kumudu Wijewardena, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (SJP), Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dr. Dipak Malik, Institute of Gandhian Studies, Varanasi, India; and Dr. J. Devika, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The only missing member was Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Dept. of Paediatrics, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. (More information about the group). The meeting was held at the Nordic Centre in India (NCI) in Nizamuddin, New Delhi, and was organized informally as a “think tank” session. The atmosphere was conducive to an open and relaxed discussion, and the results were very fruitful. Read the report from the SASNET’s South Asian Reference Group meeting.

Rikshas in SylhetFrom 18 November till 19 December 2005 SASNET’s director, Professor Staffan Lindberg and the deputy director Lars Eklund travelled in the North-Eastern part of South Asia. They visited a great number of universities and institutes in East and North-East India (Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Siliguri, Guwahati and Shillong); Bangladesh (Dhaka, Savar, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Sylhet); Bhutan (Thimphu); and Nepal (Kathmandu). Go for the extensive contact journey frame report.

A SASNET contact journey to Pakistan and Afghanistan was made by SASNET’s director Staffan Lindberg, and webmaster/deputy director Lars Eklund, 20 November – 7 December 2003. The aim of the tour was to link up the SASNET activities with universities and research institutions in the two countries.

They visited Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore in Pakistan; and Kabul in Afghanistan. It turned out to be an extremely fruitful journey, both building on the already existing academic links between a few researchers/institutions in Sweden and Pakistan, and promoting new forms of cooperation there as well as in Afghanistan. Read the full reports on the journey.

VaranasiIn the Spring 2002, Staffan Lindberg, and Lars Eklund made a tour to South Asia in order to link up the SASNET activities with universities and research institutions in different countries of the region. The two visited the Maldives (Male) 26–27 February, Sri Lanka 28 February–5 March, India (New Delhi, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Shantiniketan) 6–19 March; and finally Bangladesh 20–22 March. Read their reports from the journey.