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.

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is the self-governing body of the research community in Germany. As such, it is also a research funding agency - in fact, it is Europe's largest funding agency for fundamental research. DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities and operates in a bottom-up manner: in almost all of its funding lines, there are no deadlines and no thematic priorities. DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis. DFG actively encourages international research cooperation, promotes young researchers and fosters gender equality in science and academia. In these and other matters, DFG also advises legislatures and government agencies.

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The German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi, organised the third and final station of its “Excellence on Tour!” (EoT) program from 22nd – 28th March 2014 in Kolkata at Science City. The EoT provided a platform for all interested students and scientists from Kolkata and neighboring regions to interact with representatives and scientists from various German higher-education institutes, universities and research-organizations. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) along with the other consortium members of DWIH, New Delhi participated in EoT, Kolkata with great enthusiasm. The EoT pavilion was visited by more than 10,000 visitors and the event as a whole was well received by the public, press and media. Prof. Dr. Laurent Gizon, Director, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany was invited to deliver one of the key-note speeches along with other dignitaries during the inauguration ceremony on 22nd of March 2014.

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.

A workshop for researchers and policy-makers on skill development and training in India with the topic  "The cooperation of policy and research in the field of school to work transition, skill formation and vocational education and training in India – What can we learn from each other?” 
was held on the  24th and 25th of October 2017 at the German Centre, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chankayapuri, New Delhi.

GIAN ( Global Initiative of Academic Networks ) is a Government of India program for guest lectures by internationally and nationally renowned experts to encourage their engagement with the institute of Higher education in India. GIAN aims to connect scientists, academicians and students.

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VAJRA ( Visting Advanced Joint Research ) is a Government of India faculty scheme dedicated exclusively for overseas scientists and academicians ( including Non-resdient Indians , and Persons of Indian Origin/ Overseas Citizen of India ) to work as adjunct/visiting faculty for a specific period of time in Indian public funded academic and research institutions. The scheme recognises the value of collaborative research as crucial element for information sharing among researchers for updating and acquiring knowledge and skills, and also to draw different perspectives to solve a shared problem. Accomplished overseas scientists are welcome to take up challenging research problems in the Indian setting.

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Dr Amisha Jain from University of Cologne Regional Office New Delhi was invited as a speaker by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in an international conference on Internationalisation at Home (IaH): Strategies for building global, international and intercultural (GII) competencies from 5th to 7th April 2018, Symbiosis International University in Pune, India. Dr Jain talked about the internationalisation strategy followed in University of Cologne and the compiled catalogue of measures defining 16 concrete tasks as internationalization concept. Her deliberations and information was well received amongst the audience.

From the 1st to the 10th of June 2018, Cologne will be particularly colourful again, because the 10th Cologne India Week 2018 will again make the cathedral city the center of cultural and bilateral exchange between India and Germany. The event is jointly organised by Consulate General of the Republic of India from Frankfurt am Main, der Deutsch-Indischen Gesellschaft e.V. (DIG), Osborne Clarke, City of Cologne and University of Cologne.


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