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Wiss-Nama Newsletter August 2020

12.08.2020 - Press release

Highlights from India and Germany


Second Phase of the Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education launched

After the successful completion of its first phase (2016-2020), the “Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education Programme (IGP)” has into a next phase, starting from July.  India and Germany will each invest 3.5 million euros until 2024. The extension of the programme was decided at the 5th Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations on November 1, 2019. It aims to further strengthening academic cooperation between India and Germany.
Find the list of selected programmes here.


National Education Policy 2020 sets internationalization as a priority

The Union Cabinet approved a new National Education Policy (NEP) on July 29, after a 34-year gap, setting out an overarching vision and comprehensive framework for both school and higher education across the country. Among other priorities, the NEP sets ambitious objectives in terms of higher education internationalisation: It highlights India’s potential as a knowledge hub attracting foreign nationals and promoting research collaboration and cross-border student exchange. Top foreign universities shall be allowed to set up campuses in India. Four-year undergraduate degrees will be introduced, with options for entry and exit at various stages, a credit transfer system, and an exchange of credits between foreign universities and home institutes. The policy aims to transform the education system by 2040.
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Upcoming events and conferences

Web-Talk Series: Social impact of COVID-19, Indo-German Perspectives

DWIH New Delhi is organizing a web-talk series from September 15-17 to gain perspectives from experts from India and Germany to provide insights and understand several aspects of Covid-19 that have had an impact on the society. Day 1 deals with issues of authoritarianism and democracy in the times of pandemic, whereas day 2 has experts talking about the migrant issues during this time. Day 3 focusses on how higher education and research organisations are responding to the digitalization during this pandemic.
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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.

Web Session: How to write a PhD Research Proposal?

If you are planning to do a PhD, one of the challenges that you will have to deal with even before you begin will be writing a research proposal.
August 6, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: Bachelor Studies in Germany

The DAAD is always there to help you with the information - about universities, admission criteria, application procedures etc.
August 10, 2020, 4:00 PM, online: read more and register
August 20, 2020, 3:00 PM, online: read more and register


Web Q&A: DAAD Scholarships

Team DAAD will help you with information regarding DAAD scholarship programmes across various subject fields and degrees, eligibility criteria, application procedure, deadline etc.
August 11, 2020, 4:00 PM: read more and register
August 18, 2020, 3:00 PM: read more and register
August 25, 2020, 3:00 PM: read more and register


Web Session: Study at FH Furtwangen

August 13, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany

Are you planning to do your higher studies in Germany? The DAAD is always there to help you with the information - about universities, admission criteria, application procedures etc.!
August 17, 2020, 3:00 PM, online: read more and register
August 27, 2020, 3:00 PM, online: read more and register
August 31, 2020, 3:00 PM, online: read more and register

Web Capsule: PhD Application Process

What comes first - approaching a university or contacting the DAAD? Do all PhD applications go through the DAAD? Does one get a scholarship by default when one secures a PhD position? How and when can I apply for a PhD in Germany?
August 19, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: PhD in Germany

The DAAD is always there to help you with the information - about universities, admission criteria, application procedures etc.!
August 24, 2020, 3:00 PM, online
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Web Session: Pre-Departure for Germany-bound Students

This web session is for all those who have secured a seat at a German university.
August 26, 2020, 3:00 PM, online
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Calls for Proposals

IMPRS-gBGC call for fellowships in biochemistry and related Earth System Sciences

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. The overall research and teaching focuses on improved understanding of biogeochemical processes with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems, development of observational techniques to monitor and assess biogeochemical feedbacks in the earth system, and theory and model development for improving the representation of biogeochemical processes in comprehensive earth system models. Applicants should hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science or equivalent degree in natural sciences. Proficiency in English is required.
Application deadline: September 6, 2020
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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 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, 2020
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ICAS:MP advertises multiple Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2021-June 2022

The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of 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, invites applications for multiple fellowships for the academic year July 2021-June 2022. Thematic Modules of ICAS:MP are History as a Political Category, Critiques and Renewals of Democracy, Normative Conflicts and Transformations, The Challenge of Gender, Political Economy of Growth and Distribution and Media and the Constitution of the Political . The fellowships are open to applicants of all nationalities, particularly applicants based at German and Indian academic institutions. The research project must be related to the research programme of a thematic module and to the broader ICAS:MP research agenda.
Application deadline: October 31, 2020
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The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry is dedicated to the study of global cycles of essential elements on Earth, their interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and the oceans, and their interrelation with the physical climate system. The institute was founded in 1997 by the Max Planck Society as the third Max Planck Institute in Jena. The Science Campus is home to several academic and for-profit research institutions and offers together with the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena excellent potential for local scientific collaborations. Biogeochemical research is highly interdisciplinary and international. The institute is jointly funded by the German government and the State of Thuringia. At the beginning of 2018, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry hosted 235 staff, including 77 scientists and 44 PhD students. Around 40% of its scientists and PhD students are of foreign nationality, originating from more than 25 different countries.
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