Strengthening of the Chair of Greek Studies “Dimitrios Galanos” at JNU

The strengthening of the Chair of Greek Studies “Dimitrios Galanos” at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) with Professor Vassilis Syros, and the renewal of the staff of the Greek Embassy in New Delhi offer new possibilities for the further advancement of educational and cultural relations between the two countries linked by a long history of struggles for freedom and democracy. A beautiful day dawns in New Delhi.

Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, established in 1969, has housed the Chair of Greek Studies since 1998. Greek Studies, offered as an optional course at the BA, MA, and M.Phil. levels, are of great interest, with the number of registered students steadily increasing over the years. Courses include Modern Greek Language, Ancient Greek Culture, and History and Comparative studies with a focus on India and Greece. The strengthening of the chair with a Greek professor was announced by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias during his visit to JNU on March 23, 2022, as part of a broader effort to further improve Greek-Indian relations.

Vasileios Syros is a historian of political thought and serves as the Director of the Early Modern Greek Culture Program at The Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel and Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. His main research and teaching interests lie in the comparative examination of the medieval and early modern Christian, Islamic, and Jewish political traditions. A second cluster of his research looks at intercultural contacts between pre-modern Europe and non-Western societies and polities, especially the Byzantine and Mughal. Prof. Syros has worked since 2006 on the history of the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire and was a visiting fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study at JNU in 2008.