Launch of the Indo-German Collaborative Project on "The rural Urban Interface of Bangalore: A space of Transition in Agriculture, Economics and Society"Enlarge image Launch of the Indo-German Collaborative Project at the University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (© University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore)
The first Indo German Collaborative project between the University of Kassel and the University of Göttingen, Germany and the University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore and other partner organisations was launched on 15th August, at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Expansion of urban landscape in to surrounding rural areas is a global phenomenon occurring at a rapid pace in the recent past. The dynamic city provides itself as the best case for understanding the patterns and consequences of such urban invasion in to rural areas, which may affect the dynamics of agriculture, ecology and the socio-economic systems in the rural-urban interface to varying degrees. Bangalore is no exception to this change and as one of the fastest growing cities of the world;In this bilateral collaborative project, the Indian side would is funded to a tune of 9 crores rupees by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Gov. of India in the first phase, while the German Research Foundation (DFG) funds the German side with 3 million Euros.
Consul General Mrs. Margit Hellwig-Bötte and President of the University of Kassel, Germany, Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey, and principal investigators Prof. Andreas Buerkert the University of Kassel and Prof. Eva Schlecht from the University of Göttingen joined their Indian counterparts and contributed to the successful launch of the project. Dr. H. Shivanna, Hon. Vice Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore presided over and extended his whole hearted support for the successful execution of the project. The representatives of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Dr. Vaibhav Agarwal and Mr. Hariharan joined the group in celebrating the launch of the project, which opens a new chapter in the inventory of strong Indo-German scientific cooperation.
This collaborative research project is undertaken by a consortium of several Indian Universities and institutions; namely the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC),Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UASB) as the nodal organization. About 30 scientists from India and 15 scientists from Germany will be working on this collaborative research programme, which has 14 projects on the German side and 12 projects carried out by the Indian partner research organisations. Eighteen doctoral and 10 M.Sc. research scholars would be participating in this research programme, taken up in two for the next 6 years would address varying issues of rural urban dynamics around Bangalore.For further information regarding the project, kindly visit: http://www.uni-kassel.de/fb11agrar/en/sections/home/for2432.html