Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney: Indo-German Science Cooperation fructifies
German Ambassador to India, Dr. Martin Ney, underlined the utmost positive development of the Indo-German cooperation in the field of Science at the Humboldt-Colloquium in Bangalore on 23rd November, 2017. Enlarge image Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney was a part of the Humboldt-Colloquium in Bangalore (© AvH)
The cooperation between India and Germany began in the 50s and had already achieved success with the support for the establishment of IIT Madras. Today the science cooperation is diverse and an important pillar of the bilateral relations between both countries, according to Dr. Ney. There are more than 400 partnerships between Indian and German universities. The number of Indian students enrolled in German universities is around 15,500 – as much as never before. Germany and India work very closely together at the particle-accelerators FAIR and Petra III in Germany.
The flagship of the cooperation is the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) in Gurgaon. Since 2010 the Centre is financing important projects in applied sciences. The intensive cooperation with companies is especially important in this field. This way marketable products can be made from scientific knowledge as fast as possible. Germany and India finance the Centre with a yearly amount of 4 million Euros each. This underlines the high importance, which both the countries give to scientific cooperation.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation makes possible a stay in Germany for over 2000 researchers from all over the world every year. The foundation fosters a network of more than 28,000 Humboldtians from all over the world, from all fields and over 140 countries, including 54 Nobel Prize winners. In India there is a very active Humboldt network. Till now Humboldt Foundation has sent around 1900 scholars to India (time period: 1953-2016). Humboldt-Colloquiums take place twice a year abroad by Alexander von Humboldt (Avh) Foundation. The last Humboldt-Colloquiums took place in India in 2008 in Delhi and 1998 in Jaipur.