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Wiss-Nama Newsletter December 2021

09.12.2021 - Press release

News from Indo-German cooperation

IGSTC launches new lateral entry scheme for female scientists

On November 24, a new programme was launched at the Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC): Women Involvement in Science and Engineering Research - WISER. This scheme for lateral entry allows women researchers in India and Germany to participate and collaborate in an ongoing research project in the other country without applying for fresh project grant in partnering countries. With this low-threshold offer for female scientists, WISER intends to build scientific capacity, retain and promote women researchers in India and Germany. Women researchers holding a regular position in academic/research institutions/industrial research organisations in India or Germany are eligible to apply. Ambassador Lindner welcomed the initiative, “I congratulate IGSTC on the launch of programme ‘WISER’. This programme will create many opportunities for Indian and German women scientists to pursue ambitious research across borders. We need more female scientists in order to tackle challenges of tomorrow.”

Applications are considered on a rolling Basis.

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Karnataka and Bavarian universities to cooperate for higher studies

On December 2, the Karnataka Department of Higher Education and Bavarian Universities of Germany signed a joint framework to make use of new internationalisation avenues under NEP 2020. The framework includes faculty and student exchange as well as PhD and research programmes. The meeting between C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Karnataka Minister for Higher Education, and representatives of the German Consulate and Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business, charted out a schedule for proposed activities. Ashwath Narayan affirms, “The Karnataka government is keen to internationalise higher education and is willing to collaborate with Bavarian Universities towards achieving its objective of providing quality education.” According to the schedule, online seminars will be conducted for Karnataka and Bavarian universities on NEP 2020 from February 2022 to cover topics on the structure of new degree programmes, multiple entry-exit, applied learning-teaching, and industry relation.

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Strong German presence at Diplomatic Conclave on Higher Education Internationalisation

On November 12, over 100 ambassadors and senior diplomats convened at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan for a Diplomatic Conclave upon invitation of the MEA and the Ministry of Education. The addresses of the Prime Minister, Education Minister, and Foreign Minister highlighted the clear focus of the recent National Education Policy on Internationalisation, and set ambitious targets for India as a global knowledge hub. Facilitated by Chandigarh University staff, the diplomats discussed necessary implementation steps and the role of international partnerships. The German delegation, including DAAD South Asia-Director Dr. Katja Lasch, made a strong case for structural internationalisation and a clear implementation roadmap. Indo-German higher education partnership already features in-depth programmes on internationalisation, including recently the Internationalisation Conference co-hosted by DAAD and the Association of Indian Universities.

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German organisations come together for science roundtable

On November 30, the German Embassy hosted a roundtable with some 30 German agencies, each with science-related programmes in and with India. Universities, research institutes, funding agencies, foundations, and other organisations discussed priorities for the upcoming six months. The ambitious programmes mirror the focus that the draft Coalition treaty for a new German government puts on international research cooperation, incl. with South Asia. SERB-Secretary Prof. Sandeep Verma joined as Guest Speaker and gave a tour-de-force through the wide array of funding pogrammes offered by SERB:  “Indian and German scientists, young academicians, senior researchers and professors are brought together by SERB with programs like VAJRA and SERB-DFG for an enhanced collaboration to create next generation of scientific leadership.”

Read more about SERB in our ‘Institute of the month’ section

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Upcoming events and conferences

Fireside chat on Equity and pandemics

On January 24, 2022, DWIH New Delhi is organizing a fireside chat on the importance of equity in response to the pandemic. It will bring together experts from public health research and policy to discuss the general moral reasons to treat people equitably as well as how pandemic response strategies can work better with equity.

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DAAD Events

Web Q&A: DAAD In-Region Scholarship

Have questions regarding the application process of the IN-Region scholarship at IIT Bombay? This is your chance!

December 14, 2021, 4:00 PM, Online

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Study at Northern Institute of Technology Hamburg

Know more about studying at Northern Institute of Technology Hamburg.

December 15, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany

Have you attended a DAAD Web Session about this or read through Master Studies in Germany on a DAAD website and still have some questions? Here is your chance to ask!

December 16, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: Bachelor Studies in Germany

Have you attended a DAAD Web Session about this or read through Bachelor Studies in Germany on a DAAD website and still have some questions? Here is your chance to ask!

December 21, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: PhD in Germany

Have you attended a DAAD Web Session about or read through PhD in Germany on the DAAD website and still have some questions? Here is your chance to ask!

December 23, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: DAAD In-Region Scholarship

Have questions regarding the application process of the IN-Region scholarship at IIT Bombay? This is your chance!

January 11, 2022, 4:00 PM, Online

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Calls for proposals

Computation & Cognition Tübingen Summer Internship

Max Planck Institute for Inteligent Systems and Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics invite applications for Cactüs, a fully funded internship at the MPIs. Bachlor and Master students in the fields of computer science, maths, physics, engineering, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, bioinformatics and any other related fields are eligible to apply. Participants will work on research projects spanning machine learning, electrical engineering, theoretical neuroscience, behavioral experiments and data analysis.

Application deadline: January 3, 2021

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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.

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Institute of the month

Scientific Engineering and Research Board

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is a statutory funding body under the Department of Science and Technology. SERB offers bespoke funding support in frontier areas of science and engineering, to faculty and researchers in academic or research institutions. Its objective is to plan, promote and fund internationally competitive Indian research. SERB programmes also consider the necessary connect between research and society, the free accessibility of research results, and the support for minority groups among researchers. Through global bilateral and multilateral partnerships it ensures speedy growth of quality science in India. Secretary Sandeep Verma affirms, “With programmes for fellowships and research grants, a synergy is maintained between academic institutions, R&D labs and industries. At SERB we have various international partnership programs to attract foreign researchers to India.”

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Read more about the VAJRA scheme

Did You Know?

The free-electron laser FLASH made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 2012 with the “fastest film in the world”. The individual images were separated by intervals of just 50 femtoseconds (trillionths of a second) – 800 billion times the speed of a normal cinema film.

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.
 

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