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Germany and India: partners in education and research

After a few years of weaker economic growth, economic development has picked up speed again since 2014 and India is moving back into the focus of global interest. India is aware of the outstanding importance of education and research for the development of its enormous potential and accordingly the country is ambitiously striving for a position among the leading scientific nations. Germany has stood by India's side as a reliable partner for many years. This corresponds to the strategic goal of the federal government to specifically strengthen cooperation with growth markets that are expanding their skills in education and research.

Dialogue as the basis

The priorities of German-Indian cooperation are set in regular discussions at government level. Traditionally, education and research are an important part of the German-Indian government consultations. The fourth meeting took place in Berlin at the end of May 2017.

Details of the cooperation are determined during the regular meetings of the Indo-German Committee for Science and Technology as well as in the parallel working groups for vocational and university education under the leadership of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and its Indian partner ministries. The eleventh meeting of the Science and Technology Committee also took place in May 2017 in Berlin.

A wide range of cooperation

The exchange of students and young scientists has increased significantly in recent years. The number of Indian students in Germany has almost quadrupled since 2006, so that India, with 15,529 students, is now in second place in the ranking of foreign students in Germany (as of 2018). In order to further expand the cooperation, a “German-Indian partnership in higher education” was decided during the third government consultations. In addition to research cooperation, this also supports measures at the student and doctoral level.

The bilateral funding of research projects is another important pillar of German-Indian cooperation. Thematically, the focus of the projects supported by the BMBF is currently on materials science, biotechnology, health research, sustainability research, production technology, civil security research and the city of the future. In many cases, projects are funded that are application-oriented and from which new innovations are to emerge that will benefit both Germany and India.

In addition, there are numerous activities of the major German research organizations, which operate this directly with their Indian partners.

The third pillar of the cooperation is the networking of German and Indian scientists through workshops, conferences and specialist delegation trips. The funding is used, among other things, to plan joint research projects.

There is also intensive cooperation in vocational training. India has great needs in this area and sees Germany as an important partner in reforming its vocational training system. For example, suitable offers from the German vocational training export are jointly identified and adapted to the Indian market. An important component is the cooperation with the private sector, which is being further expanded, among other things, by the branch office of iMOVE (International Marketing on Vocational Training) on ​​site in New Delhi.

Bilateral innovation partnerships

In 2010 the "Indo-German Science and Technology Center" (IGSTC) was opened in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. The center promotes application-oriented, innovative German-Indian projects with the participation of excellent research institutions and, above all, small and medium-sized companies from both It also supports the networking of German and Indian scientists through workshops and symposia.The IGSTC is the only institution of its kind in Germany in terms of international cooperation and thus an outstanding example of joint development of innovation potential.

Another example of successful German-Indian cooperation is the “Indo-German Center for Sustainability” (IGCS), which is located at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai. Here, German and Indian scientists conduct joint research on the topics of water management, land use, waste management and energy.