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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) are opening the possibility for joint Indo-German research project funding in the field of Materials Science and Engineering (DFG review boards 405 and 406). Effective immediately, Indo-German teams of researchers in this field are invited to submit joint proposals describing integrated research projects with a duration of up to three years. As is common in funding activities of this sort, DST are looking to fund the Indian side of Indo-German projects, while DFG would fund the German side.

Researchers interested in synchronized Indian-German funding in Materials Science and Engineering have until 21 November 2018 to submit their proposals. The proposals will be evaluated separately by DST and DFG. Support will then be granted for those proposals where both DFG’s and DST’s decision-making bodies recommend funding.

Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Skill Connect Road Shows in New Delhi.

Engaging industry to redress both sides of the skills mismatch coin: relevance and quality of training; National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has launched Skill Connect Road Show -- a programme to drive awareness and participation towards the Skill India agenda; with a special focus on apprenticeship.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Development Cooperation participated in the World Environment Day (WED) 2018 from 2-5 June 2018 in New Delhi. This year India was the host country and the theme was Beat Plastic Pollution.

As part of the WED 2018 events, GIZ partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India  for high level policy dialogues and conferences on the theme on ‘Sustainable Lifestyles: Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy’ and ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. In addition to this GIZ was also involved in supporting the Ministry in the conceptualisation and designing of a publication on ‘Creating Awareness for Plastic Waste’.      

Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure organised Industry Interaction on “Protecting Data through Standards and Certification” on the eve of the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Mumbai.

Mumbai, 24 May, 2018: 

Recent data breaches have focused the attention of governments, citizens, and companies alike on the same question: How can data be effectively protected? On the eve of the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), around 30 German and Indian experts from industry and government met in Mumbai to discuss how standards and certification can enhance IT security and data protection.

It is with great pleasure to announce that the University of Cologne- India Branch office has shifted to new office premises at the German Centre, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chankyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, w.e.f. 1st January 2016. UoC India office now shares its office with the other DWIH consortium members.

H.E. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Germany, visited the University of Cologne on August 8th, 2016. Together with the Second Secretary of the Embassy and Consul Kiran Khatri from Frankfurt, the high-ranking visitors were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Vice-Speaker for the Global South Studies Center, Dr Stefan Bildhauer, Ms. Sarah Marleen Danneberg and the International Office of the University of Cologne. The focus of the meeting was to get an overview of the India related activities both in the field of research and in terms of international student support services, such as exchange programs and summer schools. Furthermore, the Ambassador met 10 Indian students who are currently studying at the University of Cologne, either for a semester or their full-time Master's or doctoral degree. Reference: http://india.uni-koeln.de/cmisnews.html

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years. Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne) Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years. Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne) Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

Following the successful first Indo-German Start-up Bootcamp conducted in July 2016 in Berlin, GIZ together with their partners Bosch, World Resources Institute (WRI), Social Impact Lab, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Intellecap are geared to conduct the second Indo-German Start-up Bootcamp which will take place in India and will bring together entrepreneurs from India and Germany to explore cooperation and grow their social impact.

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