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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.

In an effort to boost health protection for the poor and move towards the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) organised a one-day national workshop in New Delhi on 05 May on the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) – India’s national health insurance scheme. 

The workshop invited officials from MoHFW, state government representatives, insurance companies and other stakeholders, who exchanged best practices to further strengthen the implementation of RSBY and make it a pillar of UHC in India. The workshop was organised under the ambit of Indo-German bilateral project Indo-German Social Security Programme (IGSSP). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting the partners in implementing the programme. 

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the “Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC)” on 28.08.2017 in New Delhi. The main objective of this programme component is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energy in India. 

In the distinguished presence of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India and Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, the agreement was signed at the Shram Shakti Bhawan, Ministry of Power, New Delhi by Dr Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India and Mr A.N. Sharan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), an autonomous and statutory body of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the “ Access and Benefit Sharing Partnership Project (ABS) ” on 09.11.2017 in Chennai.

The agreement was signed by Dr. B. Meenakumari, Chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai; and Dr. Konrad Uebelhoer, Director, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme. 
Speaking on the occasion Dr Uebelhoer said “we had a very constructive meeting with the NBA and SBBs (State Biodiversity Board) and we hope that the positive mood that guided all our discussions today will smoothly carry our project forward".

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is supporting the Nashik Municipal Corporation on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BmUB) of Germany as part of its international climate initiative (IKI).

Shri Girish Mahajan, Minister of Water Resources and Medical Education, inaugurated the innovative, one of its kind; Waste to Energy Plant for Nashik city on 29 November, 2017 in the presence of Mr. Navin Aggarwal; Director Swachh Bharat Mission, Government of India and Mr. Uday Tikale, Director Swachh Bharat Mission, Maharashtra, Government of India  

Also present at the event were Mayor of NMC, Commissioner of NMC Mr. Abhishek Krushna; Mr. Arne Panesar,  Mr. Dirk Walther, Project Director Waste to Energy Project, GIZ and Councillors of the Area. 

For over 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 340 employees in India, of whom 70 per cent are national personnel.

India is fast emerging as an economic and industrial power. It is a member of the ‘Group of Twenty’ (G20) as well as one of the five major emerging national economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Despite the country’s rapidly growing economy, poverty and other socio-economic issues remain a challenge. The burgeoning population and accelerated urbanisation in the country have resulted in an environment at risk and greenhouse gas emissions that continue to spiral upwards.

The focal areas of Indo-German cooperation currently are:

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