The Heidelberg Centre South Asia was inaugurated by the Rector (Vice Chancellor) of Heidelberg University on 17th November 2009. It has emerged out of the long standing presence of Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute (SAI) in New Delhi. The SAI branch office was established along with the institute itself, in 1962, and has initiated and maintained numerous cooperations with local research institutions in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Since 2009 the SAI branch office also functioned as Liaison Office for the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. By establishing the HCSA, the university seeks to enhance academic cooperation with South Asia beyond the regional studies context to include all faculties of the university.