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Posted on February 3rd 2015

EXPLORING INDIAN-DANISH COOPERATION IN CULTURE, EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

The Danish Cultural Institute is organizing a conference about possible collaborations between Denmark and India in relation to culture, education and science on the 24th of February 2015. 

Its objective is to strengthen collaborations, build new partnerships and, thus, set up the scene for further co-creation between Denmark and India.

This will be done by bringing key personalities and institutions from India to Denmark, in order to foster mutual learning between Indian and Danish personalities and institutions. Furthermore, it will be done by identifying priorities and prospective collaborative projects, as well as ways in which they can be facilitated by the Danish Cultural Institute and other partners.

Among the many Indian personalities, who are scheduled to appear, are Mr. Ram Babu Singh, Head of Geography Department at the University of Delhi and Prathibha Prahlad, dancer and Festival Director at Delhi International Arts Festival, as well as representatives from Indian Institute for Human Settlements, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), SPIC MACAY and True School of Music

The engaged partners include the Danish Innovation Centre in India, the Holck-Larsen Foundation, the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, Roskilde University, Technical University of Denmark, M-Foundation, Danish Architecture Centre, the Indian Embassy in Denmark and ASIA HOUSE etc

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Posted on 4 November 2012 at 14:58

IN SEARCH OF A NEW INDIA

“What kind of country does India want to be? Does India want to continue down the path of rapid growth without regard for the social, cultural, and environmental consequences? Or can India combine growth with justice?,” asks Akash Kapur in his editorial in Time magazine which came out with a special report on India on 29 October 2012, asking, “Reinventing India: Can the nation recover its magic?” in large letters on the front cover of the magazine.

Akash Kapur is the author of the book ‘India Becoming’ – a portrait of life in Modern India, about its economic development and social and cultural change. (Facebook-page)

Akash Kapur ends his editorial by suggesting how India could ‘reinvent the game’:

“For years, politicians have told Indians the nation is on the verge of ascending to its rightful place as a world leader. The instrument of ascension was to be economic dominance. India would, in effect, beat the West at its own game. Now the shortcomings of that game have become all too apparent. It turns out that India’s claim to global leadership may ultimately rest on a very different achievement — on reinventing the game, with a sustainable, more equitable model of growth that can serve as an example for troubled economies around the world.”

Akash Kapur touches upon something extremely important here, in our view. From the point of view of the Co-create Now project, the obvious thing to say here is:
“Now enter Denmark!” with this experience the Danes have gained already in these fields, and with all the ideas which are currently being tested and rolled out specifically with the aim to develop a sustainable, more equitable model of growth. (Check for instance: cocreatenow.org/theme/sustainable-living and cocreatenow.org/theme/peace-welfare-and-social-responsibility)

If Kapur is right that India is “grasping for a new model” and in search of a new narrative to define the nation – what he terms an ‘India 3.0’ – then sharing ideas and visions between Danes and Indians as we can do it via www.cocreatenow.org and www.facebook.com/cocreatenow certainly has the potential to become a groundbreaking win-win to both nations.

Should we begin right here?
The editorial in Time Magazine – viewable for subscribers only

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Posted on 1 November 2012 at 16:43

NOVEMBER UPDATE

Here’s an update on the Co-create Now project connecting Danes and Indians in a new nation-to nation, people-to-people conversation.

The exchange of ideas between Danes and Indians so far has been exciting and, yes, genuinely inspiring. We are now in the process of sharing some of the best moments we experienced by compiling inspirational short stories, video clips and links on www.indiadenmark.in

The Danish Cultural Institute has launched a student competition; the winners will be granted with a trip from India to Denmark and from Denmark to India, or win a two-year study stipendiary in Denmark. Deadline for submission of ideas is 15 December 2012. Feel free to spread the word to friends of yours, who you think could be interested. More info on: www.indiadenmark.in/competition

 

In an attempt to be brief now, we have just two quick questions for you:

1) Would you have ideas or knowledge about interesting projects or news, which you think would be relevant to tell our partners and participants in the project? If so, please let us know!

2) If you like our idea of creating new connections and means of communication between Indians and Danes, would you then support it by going to www.facebook.com/cocreatenow and click on the ‘Like’-button? Even better, let your own facebook-friends, colleagues and connections know about the initiative by posting a link to something you find interesting on your facebook-wall, or in an e-mail.

 

Tips about new video clips

Innovation and climate
The concept of innovation was a major theme of the Copenhagen-conferences in September. Innovation is actuated by people, nowadays, who want to learn how to “innovate” themselves. Mr. Prahalad Achutharao advises us to “think outside of the box” [www.indiadenmark.in/2012/10/prahalad-achutharao-innovate-the-innovation] when looking for efficient solutions to the world’s problems such as climate change and creating more sustainable ways of living.

Visions for the future
Two speakers who recently verbalised the vision of the Co-create Now project are Mr. Aromar Revi [www.indiadenmark.in/2012/10/aromar-revi-speech-and-interview ] and Mr. Michael Christiansen, chair of the Danish Cultural Institute [www.indiadenmark.in/2012/09/michael-christiansen]. Both think that co-creation and exchange of knowledge between people such as the Indians and the Danes is the only way to move forward.

A successful example of this was presented by Mr. Sarbajit Deb, an Indian who works for an Indian company – in Denmark [www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kDVohaNKyk]. In this video clip, Mr. Deb explains how a multicultural and accessible working environment can improve performance.

Vinay Venkatraman runs a successful multicultural school of design and innovation in the heart of Copenhagen, CIID, and when Vinay speaks, also the Danish parliamentarians are listening.  Why? Because some of the ideas that they are generating  at CIID could turn out to become pure gold for the economic future of a little country such as Denmark – as well as one of the world’s largest such as India. According to Vinay, there is a new focus at a local level on how to solve sustainability problems of the community.[www.indiadenmark.in/2012/10/vinay-venkatraman-design-as-an-innovation-driver ]

The idea of India
Shanta Singh believes that in order to understand and approach Indian culture it is necessary to know Indian values such as the “circular conception of life”. In the words of Shanta Singh, “The cultural anchor in yourself is a tool to understand who you are,” and it can detach an essential prospective of Indian culture. [www.indiadenmark.in/2012/10/shanta-serbjeet-singh-the-idea-of-india ] Those concepts, which could be considered as the immaterial part of culture, are indispensable instrument to comprehend India, according to Mrs. Singh.

Over 100 video clips
You need to dig in yourself – and don’t hold back with contributing with your opinions, thoughts, ideas and constructive criticism.

No societies can evolve without exchanges. Using the www.facebook.com/cocreatenow page as a platform to share and discuss ideas, impressions, knowledge and information will not only create inspiration for others, it can improve your life in a very concrete ways.

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Posted on 1 November 2012 at 10:41

INDIA TODAY NEWS

In this newsletter you can read news about the ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ initiative: what is happening in Denmark from August 2012 to January 2013. ‘India Today News’ will be released four-six times during this half year and brings an update on upcoming events from the Danish Cultural Institute.

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Film and discussion:
Vertical City

5 November 2012 at the Cinematheque in Copenhagen

CPH:DOX film festival screens ‘Vertical City’ by Avjit Mukul Kishore – a film about a huge slum settlements outside Mumbai. Right after the screening the Danish Cultural Institute and Culture Futures Clubs invites to a debate with Shastri Ramachandran, Executive Director of National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), about slum dwellers in India, and Fred Holt, architect at the Danish architect company 3XN, which currently runs a large housing project in Mumbai, creating space for slum dwellers and the new middle class. Moderator: Torben Brandt, journalist at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
The topic of the debate is the problems of separation between rich and poor in urban development, and solutions for how to avoid such separation – and how to develop a strategy for a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive urban life.

The film is shown at 4:30 p.m. in the Cinematheque, Gothersgade 55, Copenhagen, and at 5:10 p.m. the debate event will start. It is held in English.

Registration for the event: www.facebook.com/cfckbh/events
Tickets for the film cost 75 DKK. Culture Futures Club members receive a 20 per cent discount.
Tickets for CF members can be ordered from the Cinematheque on phone 3374 3412, payable upon collection.

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Meeting of Danish companies
with Ms. Annapurna Vancheswaran

about Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

7 November at 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

On Wednesday 7 November the Danish Cultural Institute in cooperation with the Confederation of Danish Industries and State of Green invites to a meeting with the head of the large annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, Ms. Annapurna Vancheswaran, who is paying Denmark a three-day visit with a view to developing new contacts and co-operation with Danish companies and organisations. The meeting will take place at the Danish Cultural Institute at 3:00 p.m. to 16:15 and is followed by a reception.
See below.

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit is South Asia’s major annual event in January for ‘green growth’, organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India. TERI is headed by Rajendra Pachauri, who is chairman of the UN Climate Panel, the IPCC.
Reception
7 November at 4:30 p.m. at the Danish Cultural Institute

In early November the Danish Cultural Institute hosts a group of high-profile Indian journalists and communicators of sustainability and social development:
• Mr. Shastri Ramachandran, Executive Director, National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS)
• Mr. Iftikhar Gilani, Senior Editor and politiska commentator, Daily News Analysis
• Ms. Aditi Tandon, Special Correspondent, The Tribune
• Ms. Annapurna Vancheswaran, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Outreach, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Director of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
Read more

The Danish Cultural Institute holds a reception on 7 November at 4:30 p.m., where guests from India in particular are most welcome to attend.

Location: The Danish Cultural Institute, Vartov, Farvergade 27L, 2nd floor, Copenhagen K.

For registration contact Sofie S. Bjørnsen by sending an e-mail to: ssb@dankultur.dk, no later than 7 November at 9:00 a.m.

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Inspiration meetings for university teachers and students
- concerning the competition ‘Co-creating Sustainable Solutions for the Future’
8-16 November 2012

The competition for students in India and Denmark are in full swing. Material has been distributed to universities and higher education in Denmark and 100 universities in India. On 8 November at 3:30 p.m. an inspirational meeting is arranged with Ms. Annapurna Vancheswaran from TERI at the Danish Cultural Institute, and in the days of 12-16 November a number of inspiration meetings will be held for students at universities.

Additional info: www.cocreatenow.org/competition or mkh@dankultur.dk

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A key figure in Indian literature
Ms. Namita Gokhale

6-10 December 2012

Ms. Namita Gokhale, one of the founders of ‘Jaipur Literature Festival’, South Asia’s largest literary event, will visit Denmark and the Danish Cultural Centre from 6 to 10 December 2012.
Namita Gokhale is chairman of Indian Literature Abroad, which is responsible for the translation and promotion of Indian literature abroad, and she is co-organiser of literary festivals in Bhutan and Nepal: ‘Mountain Echo’ and ‘Kathmandu Literary Jatra’.
Ms. Namita Gokhale is also a well-known author and has a dazzling intermediary.
For more information, contact: jb@dankultur.dk

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Posted on 18 September 2012 at 14:10

COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS IN INDIA AND DENMARK
15 September to 15 December 2012

CO-CREATE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
FOR THE FUTURE

Business, Technology, Design/Urban Development, and Arts/Culture

Submit your ideas and projects and win help to realise your dreams:
Awards for students in Denmark: A TRIP TO INDIA
Awards for students in India: A TRIP TO DENMARK
Special award of TWO YEARS of MSc studies at Copenhagen Business School

Read more

Click on image to open / right-click to download PDF of flyer

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Posted on 24 August 2012 at 16:39

INDIA TODAY CONFERENCE

13-14 September 2012

The world’s largest democracy – which contains more languages​​, religions and ethnic groups than any other country in the world – is in skyrocketing economic growth. The middle class will grow from 50 million to 500 million over the next 10-15 years.

Join the dialogue on how Denmark can cooperate with India to make that development sustainable with economic benefit and cultural enrichment for both Indians, Danes and the world.

Meet some of the Indians who create India’s future in the field of culture and commerce, education and science, and who would like to develop co-operation with Danish players:

• THE NEW INDIA: Aromar Revi – the leader of India’s new groundbreaking interdisciplinary training of 100,000 “Urbanists” as the carrier must multiply India in the coming decades

• ART: Shanta Serbjeet Singh – Vice President of the National Academy of Arts for the performing arts and music tradition and innovation in India

• GLOBALISATION AND GREEN GROWTH: Pradip Shah – investment advisor talks about opportunities for Indo-Danish business cooperation.

• BUSINESS: Krishna Venkataramanan – CEO of India’s “national industry” company Larsen & Toubro

• YOUNG ENTREPENEUR: Prahalad Achutharao – CEO of one of India’s emerging bio-tech companies

• TRADE AND CO-CREATION: A string of CEOs and executives from Indian and Danish companies operating in India – Grundfos, Ramboll, F.L.Smidth, L&T, Toolsidass Jewray, 3XN, Valcon, Haldor Topsoe, etc.

On 13 September culture and society is in focus at ARKEN
On 14 September the business collaboration is in focus at COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

The conference will be held in the English language.

More information here:
Conference Programme

How to find the conference venue on Friday 14 September at CBS.
Open / print PDF

 

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Posted on 7 August 2012 at 15:34

The Danish Cultural Institute and the City of Copenhagen will hold a reception at the City Hall of Copenhagen on 16 August.

The launch is also opening ‘Co-creating sustainable solutions for the future’ — a competition for students in India and Denmark in the areas of business, technology, design and art & culture.

The launch event includes speeches and a reception. It is for invitees only. Honorary guest is Mr. Anil M. Naik, who is Honorary Chair for ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ and Executive Chairman for Larsen & Toubro Ltd in Mumbai.

For more information, click here – or contact Sofie Henningen on sh@dankultur.dk

 

Press release – in English language

15 August 2012: Mr. Anil M. Naik opens a grandiose Indian cultural project in Denmark

15 August 2012: Mr. Anil M. Naik opens a grandiose Indian cultural project in Denmark


Press release – in Danish language

14. august 2012: Åbning af stort dansk-indisk kulturprojekt

14. august 2012: Åbning af stort dansk-indisk kulturprojekt


 

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Posted on 12 August 2012 at 17:34

ONE HOUR RADIO SHOW

in Danish language – downloadable from dr.dk

The Danish Broadcasting Corporation broadcasted a one hour radio show about India Today Cph Tomorrow on 10 August. If you understand the Danish language, you can listen to or download the programme right here: dr.dk/P1/Kulturkontoret

Steen Lassen

Om den diplomatiske krise mellem Danmark og Indien siger Steen Lassen: “Jeg kan godt forstå inderne, og jeg synes ikke, at den danske regering har behandlet denne sag ordentligt.”

Klaus Rothstein: “Men kan det så netop ikke bruges til at bringe danskere og indiere i tættere kontakt med hinanden?”

Steen Lassen: “Jo, og lære danskerne, hvordan de skal opføre sig for at vise respekt. Det hører vi tit fra ledende indere, der har været på besøg i Danmark – at de ikke er blevet behandlet med den respekt, de forventer og får i andre lande. Min ven, kabinetministeren [Kabil Sibel] fortæller mig, at heller ikke før den diplomatiske krise havde man nogen forbindelse til Danmark. Hvorimod Sverige, Island, Finland, Norge og Tyskland har tætte forbindelser og indgår samarbejdsaftaler. Det samme hører jeg fra Larsen & Toubro: de får besøg fra Sverige hele tiden, men ikke fra Danmark. Hvad grunden er til det, det ved jeg ikke. Det prøver vi at lave om på.”

“For at bedømme om ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ kan have nogen betydning for at løse den diplomatiske krise, så må man se på, hvad situationen er i dag. Og i dag er situationen den, at den indiske regering er meget vred. Og det forstår jeg godt. Det er en vrede der er opstået fordi der er manglende respekt fra den danske regerings side, og det kan komme til at ramme hele det danske samfund. Det er derfor, at det er så vigtigt, at Christian [Gether] gennem sin udstilling [på ARKEN Museum for moderne kunst] og vi gennem hele [India Today] projektet viser, at der er også et andet Danmark. Et Danmark, der viser respekt for Indien. Og det tror jeg kan være med til at bløde op på det.
Vi orienterer hele vejen igennem systemet om, hvad der foregår i Danmark nu – gennem den indiske ambassade til den indiske regering – så de virkelig forstår, at der er nogen i Danmark, der interesserer sig for Indien på en hel anden måde, end det, som de har fået indtryk af tidligere fra den danske regerings side,” fortæller Steen Lassen:

“Vi har så mange værdier fælles med Indien. Derfor synes jeg den danske regering skulle satse meget mere på Indien. I det hele taget så møder man ikke nogen entusiasme i den danske regering, og det tror jeg hænger sammen med, at politikere jo skal genvælges. Og i den danske befolkningen er der ikke nogen interesse – indtil nu – for Indien. Man forbinder det med noget andet, som ikke er rigtigt. Og det er derfor ARKENs store udstilling er så vigtig. Fordi så vil politikerne også interessere sig for det.”

I Kulturkontoret i P1 den 10. august var også FN-ambassadør Uffe Andreasen og museumsdirektør Christian Gether.

Portræt af Steen Lassen 

 

“Al form for udvikling i denne her verden sker ved, at mennesker træffer hinanden og lærer hinanden at kende,” sagde Uffe Andreasen blandt andet.

 

“All kind of development in this world happens by people meeting each other and getting acquaintance with one another…”

Uffe Andreasen

 

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Press release in both English and Danish language – released by indiatoday.dk
8 August 2012 at 13:12

Press release from India Today on 8 August 2012: ‘DKK 134 million for art, culture, elite research and exchange student programmes’

Pressemeddelelse fra India Today den 8. august 2012: ‘134 millioner kroner til kunst, kultur, eliteforskning og udveksling af studerende’


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