Wiss-Nama Newsletter July 2020

06.07.2020 - Press release

News from Indo-German cooperation

NIRF 2020 ranks institutes with longstanding Indo-German cooperation on top
Institutes with deep ties to Germany again figure on top of this year’s NIRF Ranking: IIT Madras, which from its very beginning has cultivated strong ties with RWTH Aachen, emerged as the best in overall category. IIT-M’s campus also houses the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), which serves as a platform for cutting-edge research on sustainable development. IISc Bengaluru and Jawarlahal Nehru University rank first and second among universities. Both entertain well-established research cooperations with German universities, particularly with University of Cologne, and Technische Universitaet Munich.
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Highlights from India and Germany

German Government steps up their vaccine research programme
The German government has set up a programme worth 750 million euros to accelerate vaccine research, particularly through increased clinical testing and improved production capacities. Furthermore, it has invested 300 million euros in the Tübingen-based Biotechnology company Curevac. The Tübingen-based vaccine developers recently received green lights from German and Belgien authorities for phase-1 clinical tests of their vaccine candidate.
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Indian Government formulates STIP 2020
The Central government is in the process of formulating a new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), its first since 2013 and only the fifth such policy after India's independence. STIP 2020 is being formulated against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Covid-19 crisis changes the world, the new policy will reorient STIP in terms of priorities, sectoral focus, the way research is done and technologies are developed and deployed for a larger socio-economic welfare. Consultations with around 15,000 stakeholders will take place as a part of the development of the new policy.
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Education in Germany 2020
The eighth “Education in Germany” report was released on June 23: it describes the overall development of the German education system, with a focus on “Education in a digitized world”. The report documents positive developments such as increasing participation in education, the quantitative expansion of educational staff, continuously higher expenditure on education and an increasing level of education. According to the report, the number as well as the proportion of international students at German universities has been increasing since 2012. In the winter semester 2018/19, 13.76% of all students Germany were from abroad, including more than 20,000 Indian students.
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Upcoming events and conferences

Webinar Series: Social impact of Covid-19, Indo-German perspectives
DWIH New Delhi will be organising a webinar series from September 15-17 on the social impact of the corona pandemic. Since it is a global crisis, it requires a global response. Through this webinar series, DWIH New Delhi and its supporters seek to utilise Indo-German Synergies to understand the effects and responses to COVID-19.
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Calls for Proposals

Call for nominations for Max Planck India Partner Groups and Max Planck India Mobility Grants for Junior Scientists
The Max Planck Society invites applications to boost its collaboration with India: Max Planck Partner Groups support collaboration between Max-Planck Institutes and former foreign guest scientists who have returned to their home country in target research areas which are scientifically promising and innovative. Max Planck-India Mobility Grants provide funding for short-term visits of young Indian Scientists to Max Planck Institutes over a period of four years.
Application deadline: September 15, 2020
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The German Chancellor Fellowship
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites applications from young Indian high potentials from a wide range of fields including politics, business, media, public administration, and culture. The Fellowship under patronage of Chancellor Merkel offers talented young professionals an opportunity to spend a year in Germany which they can use to advance their professional training together with a German host of their choice.
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020 for Fellowships starting in October 2021
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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:

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee, formerly the University of Roorkee and converted to IIT in 2001, is one of the first generation IITs and among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in engineering, basic and applied research. Since its establishment, the Institute has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower and know-how to the country and in pursuit of research. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. The Institute offers Bachelor's Degree courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate's Degree in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and planning. The Institute has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres. IIT Roorkee has international projects with various German universities and Institutes like University of Applied Sciences, Dresden, Technische Universität Munich, TU9 German Universities of Technology, University of Potsdam among others.
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At over 2,000 kilometers long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

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