News from Indo-German cooperation
Falling Walls Labs India Winner pitches at Falling Walls Summit
Every November 9, on the anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the “Falling Walls Summit” is celebrated in Berlin. Researchers, thinkers, decision-makers from business and politics and emerging talents come together for this high-profile conference. 20 of the world’s most forward-thinking scientists showcase their scientific breakthroughs from a broad range of disciplines, thereby “tearing down walls in our head” through innovation and research. The winner of Falling Walls Labs India competition, Chinmaya Naik, pitched his solution for low literacy rate and education for specially-abled persons in India. He explained that he “would like to create affordable digital classroom solutions for the visually impaired students with digital Braille Display System to provide access to education and opportunity.” The conference is supported by numerous German academic institutions and the German Research Ministry.
Ambassador Lindner at Indo-German conference of Frankfurt School of Finance
On November 11, Ambassador Walter J. Lindner took part in the first ever Indo-German conference at the Indo-German Centre for Business Excellence of the Frankfurt School of Finance. The Centre was established in summer 2021 and brings together researchers, business people and other stakeholder of Indo-German business relations. At the conference, Ambassador Lindner was joined by four students in a panel on the Indo-German partnership for global challenges. The Ambassador and the students discussed the scope for bilateral cooperation in the fields of health, climate change and student mobility, amongst others. Numerous CEOs of German and Indian companies and organisations attended the conference.
Read more about Frankfurt School of Finance in our ‘Institute of the month’ section.
DAAD and AIU host conference on higher education internationalisation
From October 18-22, DAAD India and Association of Indian Universities organized a virtual conference on higher education cooperation between Germany and South Asia. More than 500 representatives of universities, research institutes and funding organizations from Germany, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka joined the conference – a powerful sign for the high priority that internationalization enjoys at many insitutes. The conference included keynotes, focus sessions, and panel discussions, and featured a dedicated platform for virtual university meets. Sessions included pandemic-related internationalisation challenges, best practice of internationalisation, and new opportunities under the NEP 2020 and other national policies in the region. The DAAD President Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee joined the closure panel of the conference and highlighted, “networks, digitalisation and sustainable mobility are the key points that will set the course of international exchange in the future.”
Upcoming events and conferences
Conference: Contemporary Populism in Germany and India: Issues and Perspectives
On November 15, DWIH New Delhi, together with University of Göttingen and Savitribai Phule Pune University, is organizing a conference cum workshop on Contemporary Populism in Germany and India. This conference will bring together scholars from India and Germany to examine phenomena of populism worldwide and explore to what extent they share theoretical and empirical core characteristics. Registrations open now.
DWIH presents Incubators Connect
On December 1-3, DWIH New Delhi is organizing a virtual session on the topic of incubation in higher education and research institutions. The session will connect incubator managers and start-up coaches from India and Germany. Presentations will range from the international dimension of entrepreneurship, role of universities in fostering knowledge-intensive start-ups, digital start-up initiatives, to incubation activities and programs, amongst others.
Panel discussion: Indo-German Cooperation and Global Environmental Risks
On November 25, the Mumbai office of the Technical University Munich (TUM) is organizing a panel session on Indo-German Cooperation and Global Environmental Risks. The session will bring together speakers and experts from India and Germany to share their insights on Indo-German cooperation with respect to environmental issues including climate change and water management. The panelists include distinguished experts from TUM, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, FU Berlin and the German Federal Foreign Office.
Online Workshop: Grant Writing & Management
On December 2 and 3, Max Planck Society and University of Cologne together with DWIH New Delhi are organizing a virtual workshop on Grant Writing and Management. Suitable for early-career researchers, the workshop will help young researchers with methods and technical know-how required to prepare international research proposals. The workshop will cover themes including content development of a proposal, scientific writing skills and budget planning.
Registration deadline: November 12, 2021
Web Q&A: Bachelor Studies in Germany
Have questions on Bachelor Studies in Germany? Now is your chance!
November 16: 3:00 PM, Online
Web Q&A: HSK Scholarship
Get all your questions about the HSK scholarship answered here!
November 16: 4:00 PM, Online
Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany
Have questions on Master Studies in Germany? Now is your chance!
November 18: 3:00 PM, Online
Panel Discussion: Masters in Germany
Interactive and informative web session about master studies with students who are currently studying or have recently studied in Germany.
November 24: 3:00 PM, Online
Web Q&A: PhD in Germany
Have questions on PhD in Germany? Now is your chance!
November 25: 3:00 PM, Online
Calls for proposals
DAAD invites applications for University Summer Courses
Applications are invited for University Summer Courses from foreign students. This programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of German language and their knowledge of the German culture. It funds specific courses, which are taught exclusively in German, and are offered by state or state-recognised German universities. Applications are open to students pursuing Bachelor’s (completed 2 years) or Master’s with a minimum of B1 level of German language proficiency.
Application deadline: December 1, 2021
Special Call for Indo-German Bilateral Virtual Workshops
The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) invites proposals for Indo-German virtual thematic workshops for interactions between scientists/researchers from academia and industry. The workshops are to be designed around a specific research topic out of thematic areas relevant to both DST and BMBF. Scientists holding regular positions in public or private non-profit research organisations, institutions of higher education and universities are eligible to submit applications.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Institute of the month
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
The Frankfurt School is one of Europe’s leading business schools and offers study programmes in the fields of management and finance ranging from undergraduate to PhD level, including Executive Education courses. Already a top choice for many Indian students, Frankfurt School recently established its Indo-German Centre for Business Excellence. The new Centre engages in research, student mobility and leadership development to foster deeper understanding and stronger ties between India and Germany. On the basis of free trade and unfettered intellectual exchange, it aims to become one of the leading nonpartisan academic institution dealing with Indo-German business relations. Prof. Jörg Werner, Vice President Degree Programmes at Frankfurt School, affirms, “students from India can expect that they will be prepared for a successful international business career through a strong combination of theory and practice. Frankfurt School’s close ties with companies and industry experts mean students will have direct contact with them through guest lectures and events.”
Programme Assistant at ICAS:MP
The M.S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political” (ICAS:MP), a project of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, is looking for a full-time Programme Assistant. The selected candidate shall help administer the office of ICAS:MP and will be expected to work closely with the administrative partners in Germany and India. Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree, with strong computer and communication skills.
Application deadline: November 20, 2021
Did you know?
The light detector for the “Any Light Particle Search” experiment at DESY, which is searching for very light particles of dark matter, is so sensitive that it could spot a 100-watt light source at a distance of 10 million kilometres – corresponding to a lightbulb placed at 25 times the distance to the Moon.
DESY is a particle accelerator in Hamburg, founded in 1959. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. India is a substantial financial contributor to the PETRA III extension of DESY, and sends numerous researchers to conduct experiments at DESY facilities.