DWIH

 

Indo-German Dialogue

Industry Academia Cooperation

 

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Venue: Silver Oak Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Colony, New Delhi-110003


 

Time

Programme

15:30 h – 16:00 h

Registration

16:00 h – 17:00 h

Welcome address
Heike Mock
Director, German Centre for Research and Innovation - DWIH New Delhi & German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD, Regional Office New Delhi

Inaugural Address
H.E. Dr. Martin Ney
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India

Special Address
Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel
President, German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD

Keynote Address
Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Cooperation between Industry and Academia in India
Prof. Dr. Furkan Qamar
Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities - AIU

17:00 h – 17:30 h

Networking Tea

17:30 h – 17:50 h

Universities as Breeding Grounds for Innovation
Best Practice examples of Indian Start-ups

Dr Puneet Gupta
Clensta International (Nominated and supported by IIT Delhi)

Ruchi Choudhary
VideoKen (Nominated and supported by IIIT Bangalore)

17:50 h – 18:15 h

From Lab to Application
Potential and Challenges of Fiber-based Composites in Technical and Medical Application Areas

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chokri Cherif
Chair of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Director, Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, TU Dresden

18:15 h - 19:30 h

Innovation and Incubation as key factors in Industry and Academia Cooperation
Expert Panel Discussion

Prof. Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi
Director, IIT Madras

Sunil Mathur
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens India

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Jürgen Prömel
President, TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann
Vice-President - International Affairs, University of Heidelberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chokri Cherif
Chair of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Director, Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, TU Dresden

Moderation
Dr. Michael Harms
Director - Communications, German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD, Bonn
Q & A

19:30 h – 21:00 h

Dinner Reception and Networking

Innovation and Incubation as Key Factors in Industry and Academia Cooperation: Universities as Breeding Grounds for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


A close cooperation between industry, universities and research organisations plays a crucial role in building the innovative potential of any country. While research needs to be application-oriented in order to be accessible and useful for society, it is important that academia gets significant inputs for this research from the industry. An innovative, creative and entrepreneurial mind-set that the exposure to industry provides can also go a long way in shaping careers.


A close relationship with industry has been the hallmark of the German research and education landscape. This is exemplified by institutions such as the Fraunhofer Society, technical universities and universities of applied sciences. Cooperation with industry is a norm rather than an exception even for the traditional research universities. And the financial support offered through initiatives such as the 'Leading Edge Cluster Competition' (Spitzencluster-Wettbewerb) and the 'Innovative University' (Innovative Hochschule) is testament to the importance the German government attaches to industry academia cooperation.


In India, however the cooperation between industry and academia is not as prevalent as in Germany. Industry specific research typically takes place within R&D centres established by large companies. Industry cooperating with academic set ups for this purpose is however a rare phenomenon. Research carried out by universities is largely oriented towards publishing papers while applied research is not high on priority. Academic curricula too are often not designed keeping in mind the requirements of the job market.


However, this scenario is slowly changing. Of late many institutions in India, especially those with a technical focus such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), have started taking targeted measures to support the innovative and creative potential of their students and researchers. Research parks and incubation centres have been established on their campuses and provide necessary infrastructure, particularly for the development of start-ups. They offer a platform for entrepreneurial ventures and give companies a chance to develop projects together with the researchers at the institutions. However, there are only very few such success stories to showcase. The Indian Government recognises the need for a closer cooperation between the industry and the academia. Further initiatives by the Government of India can play a decisive role in realising the potential of the Indian academia and to replicate successful models of industry academia cooperation.


With this edition of the Indo-German Dialogue 'Innovation and Incubation as Key Factors in Industry and Academia Cooperation: Universities as a Breeding Ground for Innovation and Entrepreneurship', the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi aims to address multifaceted aspects of the academia and industry relationship and discuss ways to bridge the existing gaps. Experts from universities, research institutions and industry in India and Germany will discuss how a sustainable and fruitful cooperation can be achieved, how innovation and entrepreneurship can be integrated in the profile of universities and how governments can support such ideas.


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Indo-German Dialogue: Industry-Academia Cooperation

Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Venue: 
Silver Oak Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Colony, New Delhi-110003