Wiss-Nama Newsletter October 2019

29.07.2019 - Press release

Highlights from India and Germany

Second Indo German Film Festival on Ageing

The second Indo German Film Festival on Ageing was inaugurated in New Delhi on 29th September 2019. The festival was organised by the University of Heidelberg, in collaboration with the European Film Festival for Generations on September 29th & 30th in New Delhi and October 4th & 5th in Mumbai. The Festival aimed to promote the idea of healthy and active ageing and improving quality of life for older people. By creating a cultural event around the idea of ageing, the Festival provided a platform for an exchange of ideas between the generations, so that they could learn from each other. The launch event included welcome addresses by the representative of the Heidelberg University in Delhi, Executive Secretary South Asia Institue and the Science Counsellor, German Embassy, followed by a screening of the documentary 'Alive Inside'.
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German Ambassador interacts with Students at the University of Delhi

German Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr. Walter J. Lindner, visited the prestigious University of Delhi on September 25th, 2019. In addition to bilateral talks with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Yogesh K. Tyagi, the Ambassador addressed the students and had an intensive exchange with them. Speaking on “Public Diplomacy: Leaving the Cage”, the Ambassador spoke about the need for Modern Diplomacy that can reach beyond the traditional audiences of political leaders and the privileged. He underlined the climate emergency that the planet is facing and the role of students in bringing this to the attention of the decision makers.
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Science Circle Lecture by Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany together with the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi, organized a Science Circle Lecture “The Climate Emergency, the German ”Energiewende“ and the Great Transformation” by the eminent climatologist and Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) – Prof Hans Joachim Schnellhuber, on September 17th, 2019. Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy, Dr Jasper Wieck welcomed the renowned speaker and the audience with his opening remarks and highlighted how climate issues have been a cornerstone of the Indo – German relations. Prof. Schellnhuber highlighted the urgency of the climate crisis and spoke about Germany’s Energiewende (switch to renewable energy from fossil fuels and nuclear energy) as providing solutions, especially for a country like India, where through the enormous potential of solar energy, even the remotest of villages could be electrified. The Lecture was followed by Q&A and a networking reception.
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2nd stakeholder Workshop under the East Africa India Peru Climate Capacities Project (EPICC)

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) organized the 2nd stakeholder Workshop under the East Africa India Peru Climate Capacities Project (EPICC). The aim of the Project is to strengthen resilience against disruptive weather phenomena and climate change at national, regional and local level in the three partner countries namely India, Peru and Tanzania. It is a part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany which has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries since 2008. Over 700 projects, more than 50 with Indian partners have been supported so far. Dr. Jörg Polster, Minister and Head of Economic Cooperation inaugurated the Workshop on September 16th, along with other Indian and German dignitaries. In his welcome address, he mentioned how Germany and India are already collaborating in areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as on innovative green technologies.
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Dystopian Futures of the Past: Artificial Intelligence and its Social Impact through Film and Literature

The German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi organized a science talk and film screening on “Dystopian Futures of the Past: Artificial Intelligence and its Social Impact through Film and Literature” on September 13th in New Delhi. The event was designed to encourage conversations about how artificial intelligence may impact our life and world in the years to come. Talks by two well-known professors from India and Germany namely Dr. Isabella Hermann and Dr. Veena Hariharan were followed by a screening of the movie ‘Metropolis’. The aim of the event was to explore how movies and literature can serve as reservoirs of ideas for our thought about current or future trends, and to explore – as an example and the focus of the event – how such thinking can help us get a better grip on A.I.’s consequences.
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Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative of the German Government

This year, 17 refugees in India were awarded scholarship under the DAFI-Initiative of the German Government. With a contribution of INR 44,29,630 (USD 61,014), the scholarship programme is supporting the selected applicants to pursue their education at tertiary level (Universities and institutes). A total of 62 refugees in India are currently benefitting from DAFI scholarships.11 Afghan refugees and 6 students from Myanmar were selected to be a part of this years´ programme.  Selection was conducted by UNHCR, with representatives of the German Embassy as part of the jury. The DAFI scholarship programme offers refugee students the possibility to pursue an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum and to succeed academically. Since 1992 the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) programme allowed thousands of refugee students to pursue higher education in their country of first asylum. The programme provides a unique opportunity for refugees to continue their higher education and to shape their own future. It is predominantly funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and administrated by UNHCR.
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More information on DAFI here.

Philipp von Ritter takes over as the Science Counsellor at the German Embassy in New Delhi

Starting September 2019, German Embassy in New Delhi has a new Science Counsellor. Mr. Philipp von Ritter has taken over as the Counsellor and Head of the Science and Technology Section. Previously, he worked in the Middle East section of the Federal Foreign Ministry in Berlin. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked in a Catholic charity and in the Secretariat of the Economic and Financial Committee of the European Union. He holds a Master’s degree in politics and economics from the Sciences Po University Paris.

DAAD Young Ambassadors felicitated at the German Embassy

On August 30th, 2019, a group of the newly appointed Young Ambassadors of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) visited the German Embassy in New Delhi. The Group was received by the Cultural Counsellor, Johanna Borchardt. Young Ambassadors are a group of students and scientists, who have either studied or done research in Germany or done an internship with a German firm and promote Germany as a higher education destination. The group voluntarily works for DAAD and shares their experiences with other students, who wish to study or do research in Germany.This year the Young Ambassadors are not only from India but also from the neighbouring regions like Srilanka, Bangaldesh and Nepal for which the DAAD Office in New Delhi is responsible. Ms. Borchardt handed over certificates of appointment to the DAAD Young Ambassadors.
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Upcoming Events and Conferences

Leibniz Lecture on “Constitutional Review in Authoritarian Times” October 15th  New Delhi

The German Research Foundation (DFG) India Office, together with the National Law University Delhi, is organizing a Lecture on “Constitutional Review in Authoritarian Times” by the recipient of the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize Holder Prof. Christoph Möllers, Professor of Public Law and Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law at the Humboldt University, Berlin.  The Lecture will be organized at the National Law University Auditorium on October 15th, 2019.
More Information here.

DWIH New Delhi at IFAT India 2019, October 16th – 18th, 2019

German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi will be participating as an exhibitor at IFAT (India’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Solid Waste and Recycling) in Mumbai.
More information on DWIH New Delhi and its activities can be found here.

DWIH Workshop: Grant Writing and Management

India Offices of Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) and University of Cologne (UoC), in association with German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi, are organizing workshops on “Grant Writing & Management” in Varanasi and Mumbai in November 2019. The concept of the workshops is to illustrate the methods and technical know-how required to prepare successful international research proposals irrespective of a certain disciplinary field. The workshops will cover topics from content development of a research proposal to budget planning. For more information on eligibility criteria and application process, please visit:
For Varanasi, please click here.
For Mumbai, please click here.

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.

Webinar: Study at HTW Dresden – Achieve more practically

October 10, 2019, 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection
Read more: https://www.daad.in/en/event/webinar-study-at-htw-dresden-achieve-more-practically/

Seminar:  DIES Dialogue on Internationalisation – Strategies, Implementation and Structures (Chances and Challenges for Indian Universities)

Chennai: October 10-11, IIT Madras
Participation only by invitation
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Calls for proposals

Second call for SPARC Proposals - with Special emphasis on Humanities and Social Sciences

The Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s Higher Educational Institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian institutions and best institutions from 28 select countries to jointly solve problems of national and/or international relevance. The programme allows visit and long term stay of international faculty / researchers at Indian institutions to pursue teaching and research, joint organisations of workshops in India, visit of Indian students to international laboratories etc. Proposals are invited under the second call for SPARC announced in beginning of September 2019 with a special emphasis on Humanities and Social Sciences.
Application deadline: October 31, 2019
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IGSTC Call for Proposals 2019
Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany to promote research partnership of industrial relevance invites First Stage Proposals for joint R&D&I projects in 2+2 Mode of Partnership in the overall thematic area Bioeconomy with and selected subtopics including Future Agricultural Farming (Urban Agriculture and Vertical Farming), Logistics in Agriculture Supply Chain (Blockchain Technologies to secure trust in supply chain) and Technologies for sustainable and improved agricultural production (e.g. sensors for soil health monitoring).
Deadline for submission of First Stage Proposals - December 10, 2019
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Open Call for Indo-German Bilateral Workshops
The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) invites proposals for organizing Indo-German workshops on areas of mutual interest with an aim towards creating platforms for substantive interactions between scientists / researchers from academia and industry. The workshops have to take place in India or in Germany and to be designed around a specific research topic out of thematic areas relevant to both DST and BMBF, which includes the thematic areas of 2+2 project calls. Any other relevant topics of very high importance may also be considered. Persons holding regular positions in public or private non-profit research organisations, institutions of higher education and universities are eligible to submit applications.
Application deadline: January 31, 2020
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PhD Positions in Solar System Science at IMPRS for Solar System Science
The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen, jointly run by the Max Planck Institute of Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen, invites applications for research oriented doctoral program covering the physical aspects of solar system science. The program is open to students from all countries with English as the medium of instruction. Applicants should have a keen interest in Solar system sciences and should have or about to receive a M.Sc. degree in physics, earth sciences or related fields.
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Indo-German Collaborative Research Activities in Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics
Pursuant to the MoU between the Department of Science and Technology, India (DST) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG), DST and DFG are opening the possibility for joint Indo-German research project funding in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics. Indo-German teams of researchers are invited to submit joint proposals describing integrated research projects with duration of up to three years.These joint proposals in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics have to be based on a close interaction between the German and Indian research teams and should present joint project goals and a joint work plan with balanced contributions from all project partners.
Application deadline: November 20, 2019
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Funding Opportunities for Indo-German Fundamental Research Projects in the Life Sciences
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) inform the Indian and German scientific communities that effective immediately, it is possible for teams of Indian and German researchers to seek synchronised funding for integrated Indo-German cutting-edge fundamental research projects proposing innovative approaches in the academic disciplines covered by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, with a duration of up to three years.
Application deadline: December 31, 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.

Established in 1961, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad (MNNIT or NIT Allahabad), formerly Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College (MNREC), is a public higher education institute located in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is one among the NITs - the National Institute of Technology in the country, and like the rest of them, classified as an Institute of National Importance.

The Institute started by offering Bachelor Degree Programmes in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. It was the first in the country to start an undergraduate programme in Computer Science & Engineering in 1976-77. Subsequently, in the year 1982-83 undergraduate programmes in Electronics Engineering and Production & Industrial Engineering were started. The first Master’s Programme of the Institute was introduced by the Mechanical Engineering Department followed by all other Engineering Departments. To add a new dimension to itself the Institute established School of Management studies in 1996, which offers a two year / four semester post graduate degree programme in Management (MBA). The Institute now offers nine B.Tech., nineteen M.Tech. Degree Programmes (including part-time), MCA, MBA, M.Sc. (Mathematics and Scientific Computing) and Master of Social work (M.S.W.) programmes and also registers candidates for the Ph.D. degree. The Institute has been recognized by the Government of India as one of the centres for the Quality Improvement Programme for M.Tech. and Ph.D.
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