Adding to the memories of studying in Panjab University, four girls of the Political Science department of Panjab University and one from the Institute of Social Science Education and Research (ISSER), PU, would be leaving for Germany to attend the summer school of ‘German Politics’ at the University of Wurzburg, the sponsor of the visit.
During their stay in Germany, this all women delegation will get a stipend of euro 500 along with a travel subsidy of euro 550. The motive of the trip is to introduce German politics to the students, each of whom want to be in academia in the future. The main topics during the stay will be contemporary German history, trends and issues in German politics, German political culture, the representative process and legislative process and Germany’s role in International Politics. These students will leave on July 27th for the nine-day scholarship programme.
This article is the first release of our series on #OfftoGermany wherein we will get you to know these glorious five with a few related questions!
Yashasvini, currently pursuing Masters in Political Science from Panjab University, originally belongs to Shahabad Markanda, Haryana and did her graduation from PGGCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh. She is an extraordinary Kathak dancer, having done her Prabhakar from Prayag University, Allahabad. Here she opens up about this wonderful and once in a lifetime kind of opportunity.
Q. What made you interested in this particular programme?
University of Wurzburg has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our university which makes it possible for us to enrol for such programmes. Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi made it possible for us to have this opportunity. He, along with 3 other professors, carefully put the applied students under scrutiny by studying their grades, activities and consistency. I felt extremely proud to have been selected. And the fact that it is an all women delegation adds to my happiness.
Q. Having read about German politics, do you find any similarities between the political systems of India and Germany?
Yes, there are many similarities including the German and Indian parliament federation system which is the same. Germany is a close ally of India due to all these similarities and keeps a very important position socially, politically and economically.
Q. What are you most looking forward to in Germany?
The thing that I’m excited for most is to learn the political culture of the country, i.e., the set of beliefs and attitudes of the general public and most importantly of the students regarding the political system in their country. This can only be understood after a one-to-one interaction with the people and not through research which makes me really excited for all the information I’m going to soak in.
Q. You have to write an essay on “How Germany has been seen and represented in Indian media?”. What is your take on it?
I have been studying the way Germany has progressed and is currently the most progressive nation in the European Union. The coverage of Brexit, European Union and progression of Germany has been quite indisputable and authentic in the Indian media as well. Germany has been one of the countries that have survived the two wars and still have managed to grow at an increasing pace throughout these years. This is what I’ll focus on.
Q. What are your future plans?
I really want to go for the Indian Foreign Services, and I consider this visit as the first step towards my dreams.
We wish Yashasvini all the best for all the adventures to come!
Coming up next, Aayushi speaks on #OfftoGermany!
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Constantly shifting from super energetic to unimaginably lazy while watching Sherlock episodes all day. I’m an enthusiast for good food, great music, enthralling conversations and of course, beautiful literature. Trying to make a difference, one word and one place at a time.