Wiss-Nama Newsletter August 2018

13.08.2018 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

EU to enhance cooperation with India in higher education

President of the European Commission Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed strong commitment to enhance collaboration in the field of Higher Education at the India-EU Summit in October 2017. A three-day Manipal Higher Education Meet was organised as part of the European Union funded project on Bologna Process and Internationalisation of Higher Education. Inaugurating the Meet, Friedrich Lehmann of Hochschule Bremen expressed his pleasure at the way the cooperation between Bremen and Manipal has developed over a period of three decades.

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Highlights from India and Germany

Government declares 6 educational ‘Institutions of Eminence’: 3 Institutions from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector shortlisted

The Government has shortlisted Six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector. From public sector, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and from Private Sector, Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation), Pune under Green Field Category, Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Rajasthan and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka. The HRD Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar has said that this is a landmark decision and goes far beyond graded autonomy. It will ensure complete autonomy to the selected institutions and facilitate them to grow more rapidly. At the same time, they will get more opportunity to scale up their operations with more skills and quality improvement so that they become World Class Institutions in the field of education, the Minister added.

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All India Survey on Higher Education 2017-18

To portray the status of higher education in the country, Ministry of Human Resource Development has endeavoured to conduct an annual web-based All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) since 2011-2012. The survey covers all the Institutions in the country engaged in imparting of higher education.  There are 903 Universities, 39050 Colleges and 10011 Stand Alone Institutions listed on AISHE web portal and out of them 882 Universities, 38061 Colleges and 9090 Stand Alone Institutions have responded during the survey. 285 Universities are affiliating i.e. having Colleges. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher education in India is 25.8%, which is calculated for 18-23 years of age group. GER for male population is 26.3% and for females, it is 25.4%.For Scheduled Castes, it is 21.8% and for Scheduled Tribes, it is 15.9% as compared to the national GER of 25.8%.

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Upcoming events and conferences

Falling Labs conference for science start-ups

Falling Walls Venture in Berlin showcases the most promising research based start- ups from all over the globe. Nominated by renowned universities and leading research institutions, 20 emerging companies pitch their breakthrough business models at a unique event that celebrates the vast entrepreneurial potential in science and fosters the community of scientist-entrepreneurs. Each year, universities and research institutions from all over the world are called upon to nominate their most innovative science start-up. From all nominations, 20 pioneering young companies are selected to participate in Falling Walls Venture in Berlin.  This year the conference will take place on November 8, 2018. Academic and research institutions are invited to nominate start-ups from India. The German Centre for Research and Innovation - DWIH New Delhi will finance the Berlin trip for the selected nomination from India to contest at the Falling Walls Venture.

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ERD 2018 - Become EURAXESS Ambassador in India!

The European Research Day (ERD) 2018 gives you the opportunity to participate in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships Training and to discover Marie Curie Alumni Association Indian Chapter. Further, participants will be elected as EURAXESS Ambassadors in India. ERD 2018 is a joint EURAXESS India and Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) Indian Chapter 1-day event with the support of the EU Delegation to India, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in New Delhi and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania in Bengaluru. It takes place on September 26 in Bengaluru and September 28, 2018 in New Delhi.

Registration deadline: September 14, 2018

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DAAD Events

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will be organizing a series of events for Indian students and researchers interested in pursuing studies or research in Germany and webinars for students joining German universities shortly.

Pre-Departure Meet for Winter Intake 2018

Chennai: August 13, 2018, 16:00 hrs, Goethe-Institut Chennai, 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Chennai 600 006

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PhD in Germany

Find out everything about research in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.
New Delhi: August 17, 2018, 15:00 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, 3rd Floor, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Online: Pre-Departure Session

This DAAD Pre-Departure Session is an opportunity to get insights into student life in Germany that awaits you, gather invaluable tips and to connect with others who are headed to Germany for higher education.
August 21, 2018, 15:00 hrs, any place with good internet connection convenient to the participant

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PhD in Germany & DAAD Scholarships

Find out everything about research in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.

Chennai: August 23, 2018, 17:00 hrs, Hall 3, Ground Floor, IC & SR Building, IIT Madras Campus, Chennai 600036

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connect@DAAD – Students share their Germany Experience

An Info-Session where students share their Germany Experience and participants get a chance to interact with

DAAD Young Ambassadors.

New Delhi: August 25, 2018, 17:00 hrs, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 K G Marg, New Delhi 110001

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FPP EDU Media – Seminars & Infobooth at EduExpo 2018

Chennai: September 4, 2018, 12:00 hrs, Hotel Hyatt Regency, Anna Saalai, Chennai

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ReDiscover Germany – Higher Education and Beyond!

Find out everything about study and research in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.

Hyderabad: September 8, 2018, 9:00 hrs, DST Auditorium, University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

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Call for proposals

Project- based Personnel Exchange Programme with India- Indo-German Joint Research Collaboration

The ’Project-based Personnel Exchange Programme’(PPP) is a bilateral research promotion programme which is the result of the MoU concluded in 1998 between the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The basic aim of the programme is to strengthen the collaboration between Indian and German research groups, which are working jointly on a particular scientific project. University professors, scientists/researchers and post-doctoral researchers from German and Indian universities and those in permanent positions at public funded research institutes are eligible to apply.

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International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC)

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. Applicants must hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science or equivalent degree in natural sciences.

Application deadline: September 11, 2018

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ICAS:MP’s Senior and Postdoctoral Short-Term Fellowships starting in autumn 2018/2019, and autumn 2019/2020

The M.S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP), a project under the aegis of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, advertises multiple junior and senior fellowships for autumn 2018/2019 and autumn 2019/2020. ICAS:MP is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has its main location in New Delhi, India. It offers an extensive fellowship programme for senior and postdoctoral scholars. Interested applicants from related social sciences and humanities disciplines working on thematic fields relevant to ICAS:MP are invited to apply. Senior Fellows must be tenured faculty or emeritus faculty.
Application deadline: For 2018 fellowships: July 15, 2018

For 2019 fellowships: September 15, 2018

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Max Planck Partner Groups for Junior Scientists/Postdoc and Junior Faculty

Max Planck Partner Groups have been developed as an instrument for the support of collaborative research in target areas which are scientifically promising and innovative, geared to the future and of mutual interest to Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and to the designated partner institutions. Candidates should be scientists of proven excellence at postdoc/young faculty level who have spent minimum 12 months at an MPI. Nominees should have obtained their doctorate no longer than seven years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than nine years).

Application deadline: September 14, 2018

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Max Planck India Mobility Grants for Junior Scientists/Postdoc and Junior Faculty

Max Planck-India Mobility Grants are travel grants by which cooperation between young Indian scientists and a Max Planck Institute (MPI) is to be initiated. Scientists who are awarded these grants must spend a minimum of one month per year at a Max Planck Institute. Qualified, promising Indian postdocs who are already able to demonstrate a recognisable scientific profile are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck India Mobility Grants. Nominees should have obtained their doctorate no longer than four years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than six years). The programme “Max Planck-India Mobility Grant” (MPIMG) is open to all Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and to all research institutions in India.

Application deadline: September 14, 2018

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for German Chancellor Fellowship

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites applications from Indian young professionals from wide range of fields such as politics, business, media, public administration, society and culture. The Fellowship for prospective leaders offers talented young professionals an opportunity to spend a year in Germany which they can use to advance their professional training and conduct together with their German host a project they have developed themselves.
Application Deadline: September 15, 2018

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International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM)

The International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), located in Hamburg, Germany, offers fellowships to outstanding students interested in interdisciplinary climate research. The PhD program is open to applicants holding a Master’s degree (with written thesis) in physics, geophysical sciences (incl. meteorology and oceanography), chemistry, ecology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, or political science. Also students currently still working on their MSc thesis are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: September 15, 2018

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EURAXESS Science Slam India 2018

The EURAXESS Science Slam India is a competition open to all career levels starting with MA/MSc candidates (research-based or mixed) - from universities, research institutes or private sector, in all fields of research including Social Sciences and Humanities, Life Sciences and Engineering, of any nationality and age who are based in India. The candidates must submit a short video explaining their project for a pre-selection. After that the finalists will perform and throw light on their project in an entertaining way in front of the review panel and a mixed audience who will choose the winner this year.

Application deadline: September 16, 2018

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Call for Indo-German Collaborative Research Activities in Materials Science and Engineering

DST and DFG are opening the possibility for joint Indo-German research project funding in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Indo-German teams of researchers are invited to submit joint proposals describing integrated research projects in this field with duration of up to three years. These joint proposals in the field of Materials Science and Engineering have to be based on a close interaction between the German and Indian research teams. Faculty, scientists and academicians having permanent positions and belonging to universities, deemed universities and public funded research institutes can apply as a “Principal Investigator”.

Application deadline: November 21, 2018

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EU-India Call: Next Generation Influenza Vaccine to protect citizens worldwide

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Delegation of the European Union to India announce the EU-India call on Next Generation Influenza Vaccine. The European Commission (EC) through the EU funding programme for research and innovation 'Horizon 2020' and the Department of Biotechnology have committed a funding of EUR 30 million. This call aims at further advancing the next generation influenza vaccine candidate(s) with improved efficacy and safety, duration of immunity, and reactivity against an increased breadth of influenza strains.

Application deadline: April 16, 2019

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To acquaint our readers with the scientific scenario in India and Germany and to highlight the Indo-German cooperation in the field of science and technology, we introduce one German or Indian Science institution in every edition, as a regular feature in our newsletter.

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching work mainly on theory. A core area is the numerical simulation of astrophysical systems with high-performance and ultra-high performance computers. The research on star formation and hydrodynamic phenomena – such as colliding stars, supernova explosions or matter in accretion disks around black holes – is complemented by studies of structure formation in the Universe as a further key research field. The astrophysicists use computer simulations to model how galaxies and stars formed from primordial matter: how everything grew out of nothing and evolved into the astronomical objects we observe today. In addition, the researchers develop algorithms to analyse the vast amounts of data produced in ever-larger simulations and satellite missions. This institute is a part of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) and invites applications for PhD scholarships regularly.

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Did You Know?

A bolt of lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.

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