The People's Republic
of Bangladesh


Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship
at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University

Memorandum of Understanding

The Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg highly welcomes the initiative by the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to establish a Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University (SAI). The main objective of the professorial fellowship is to promote scholarly exchanges between the South Asia Institute and academic institutions in Bangladesh, reinforce the quality of teaching and research in South Asian Studies in general and Bangladesh in particular, and, to promote the two-way mobility of scholars through conferences and networking.

The Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet is convinced that the objectives of the fellowship will be best realised if scholars from all the disciplines represented at the South Asia Institute, namely, in alphabetic order, Anthropology, Classical Indology, Economics, Geography, History, Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, Political Science and Religion and Philosophy were made eligible for the fellowship. It is considered important that the selected fellows should be actively involved in the intellectual development of Bangladesh, holding a senior position at a university or a research institute and should be normally resident in Bangladesh.

For administrative and academic purposes the Professorial Fellow will be located at the Departments of the South Asia Institute to which she or he belongs in terms of her or his discipline. As such, it will be ideal if the ongoing interests of the departments of the Institute, as well as the interdisciplinary activities of the SAI as a whole were taken into consideration as an integral part of the pre-selection of the candidates in Bangladesh. It is assumed that the fellowship would be advertised through the normal academic and administrative channels in Bangladesh and after the selection procedure to be decided by the Government of Bangladesh, a panel consisting of (at least) three scholars from different disciplines will be sent to the Director of the South Asia Institute. In addition to the brief academic vitae of the candidates, the list should also contain the research and teaching that the candidates intend to carry out during their period of residence at the South Asia Institute. Following an internal discussion, the South Asia Institute will communicate its views to the Government of Bangladesh. The SAI would be happy to provide any help it can in order to help establish a suitable procedure, in letter and spirit, for the selection of academics of the highest order for the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship.

The occupant of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship will be accorded suitable administrative recognition by the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet for her/him to be able to take part effectively in teaching as well as research. English will be the official language for the purpose of teaching and research. The teaching programme of the successful candidate will be finalised in consultation with the Department where she/he will be located. An academic report would be submitted by the Fellow to the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet and the Government of Bangladesh at the end of the first year of residence.

The South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University will provide the fellows with a work-place equipped with telephone and computer, and guarantee access to the library as well as use of any other facilities available, especially telefax and copying machines. The Fellow could have access to accommodation either at the South Asia Institute or in the Guest House of the University, and settle the rent directly with the respective authorities. Bookings for this should be made ahead of the arrival of the Fellow because there are usually long waiting lists for them.

The salary and benefits of the Professorial Fellow will be paid directly by the Government of Bangladesh. The South Asia Institute will provide the room and technical equipment from its own resources. The recurring academic and administrative expenses of the Fellow including post, fax, long distance calls, conference fees and travel and student assistantship and secretarial expenses have been estimated at an annual sum of DM 7,500 (EUR 3,800). The University administration will make available this sum, meant exclusively for the use of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship at the South Asia Institute, to be administered by the department where the Fellow is located.

The initial appointment of the Fellow will be for one academic year, and can be extended by the mutual agreement of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet and the Government of Bangladesh for another academic year. Since the objective of the programme is to spread the benefits of the exchange as widely as possible, efforts would be made ideally not to extend the fellowship period for a given candidate beyond a maximum of two years.

There are two originals of this Memorandum of Understanding in order to be given to each party.

Signed in Heidelberg on August 5, 1999

Represented by the Ambassador
in the Federal Republic of Germany
H.E. Kazi Anwarul Masud
Represented by the Rector
Prof. Dr. Juergen Siebke

Page maintained by Pressestelle der Universitaet Heidelberg,
Copyright © Pressestelle der Universitaet Heidelberg.
Updated: 20.08.99