Pradnya Bivalkar is an expert on India and has been responsible for the Indian media ambassadors programme at the University of Tübingen since January 2017. Prior to that, she was responsible for the programme at HAW Hamburg between 2015 and 2016. After doing a BA in economics and a MA in German at the University of Pune, Bivalkar spent five years in Tübingen. From May 2009 until the end of 2011 she received a scholarship on the "Wertewelten" project at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, before receiving a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation from January 2012 to December 2014. In her PhD thesis she explores the images of contemporary Indian literature and media, using the examples set by selected works (by V S Naipaul, Günter Grass, Ilija Trojanov, Mira Nair and Ashutosh Gowarikar) and the phenomenon of transcultural identities.