The first Winter School took place in Pondicherry in 2014. It has since become a recognized model for training in social science research methods involving more than 300 students over six editions and several dozen academics and researchers from all geographical and disciplinary backgrounds. The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry is returning in 2022 after a three-year hiatus.
The Social Sciences Winter Schools in South Asia is a network of international collaborative training projects across South Asia. It has been designed as a programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social sciences research. These events provide each and everyone with the opportunity of sharing experiences and research ideas. A transversal theme in the field of human and social sciences is chosen every year to serve as a guiding thread for the training.