Freie Universität Berlin has been granted additional funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the program Indo-German Partnerships (IGP) in Higher Education. This will enable joint workshops, research projects, and the exchange of researchers, students, and administrative staff to take place over the next four years. "The funding will give us the opportunity to intensify contacts, to support joint research projects, and to explore cooperation in new fields," said Dr. Stefan Diederich, the head of Freie Universität Berlin's Liaison Office in New Delhi.
The main focus of the institutional partnership with the prestigious IIT Bombay will be on the natural sciences as well as the social sciences. Building on an existing, long-standing university partnership, the focus of collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi will be in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, both partnerships will enable the exchange of knowledge and the mobility of staff in the field of administration.
The support under the Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education offers researchers and students at Freie Universität Berlin an opportunity to work on long-term projects with Indian partners. Through this program, the DAAD and the Indian University Grants Commission (UGC) are supporting selected cooperation projects involving German and Indian universities through 2020.
IIT Bombay and Freie Universität Berlin
In order to expand and strengthen linkages between scientists from Freie Universität Berlin and IIT Bombay, ten Indo-German research partners met in Berlin recently to advance their collaborative work in a variety of academic fields. The cooperation is part of the program "Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education" and focuses on three broad fields: natural sciences, social sciences and administration. Dr. Renate Dieterich, Head of Section, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) emphasized the diversity of the projects, which concern topics from chemistry, physics and informatics to environmental as well as gender studies. During the kick-off meeting in Berlin, Dr. Herbert Grieshop, Director of the Center for International Cooperation at Freie Universität, stressed the importance of academic exchange for Indo-German relations. He praised the fact that the exchange programs deliberately set minimal guidelines. “This enables great scientific freedoms. Each team can decide how they want to shape the cooperation,” said Grieshop. The DAAD and the Indian University Grants Commission (UGC) are funding this program, which is intended to deepen the academic cooperation between both countries. As part of this initiative, Freie Universität Berlin is collaborating with two of India’s most renowned universities, namely, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The grant extends over a period of four years and will also involve doctoral as well as master students from both sides. Usually, the scientists meet twice a year, alternating in Germany and India. The next events under this program are planned for the end of August 2017 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
An article has been published in campus.leben on the event in German. Please read the artical here
How do bees find their way? Interestingly, they are able to find food sources that are kilometers away from their own location. Even more surprising is that they can even communicate the location of the nectar to their fellow collectors via a bee-dance. It is still unclear how such a small brain is able to represent and communicate such complex geometry. Tim Landgraf, Professor for Biorobotics at the Dahlem Center for Machine Learning and Robotics in Berlin, is deeply interested in these questions. Through an event organized under the program “Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education”, he met with Professor Dr. Sharat Chandran from IIT Bombay on the 13th and 14th of March in order to encourage cooperation in aerial robotics research.
Within India’s federal polity, how do the actors on the State level shape environmental and climate policy? What effects can be expected from more decentralized decision-making procedures? And what strategies do communities affected by environmental change adopt in response to interventions by the state? These were some of the questions addressed in a joint workshop organized by social scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Freie Universität Berlin, which took place in Mumbai on March 7th, 2017. For more information regarding this event please follow this link:
A first highlight of the cooperation with IIT Bombay was the Kick-Off-Workshop in Mumbai from December 15th to 16th in which five distinguished scientists from Freie Universität Berlin met their academic counterparts in order to develop a strategy for joint projects. For more information regarding this event please follow this link:
First work meetings with the project partners have taken place throughout 2016. The next steps in the cooperation with JNU include meetings between senior scientists in Berlin in December 2016 during which a roadmap for the cooperation in the field of European Studies / Political Science as well as Administration have been developed. For more information regarding this and upcoming joint activities between Freie Universität Berlin and JNU under the IGP program please follow this link:
Dr. Stefan Diederich, Head, Liaison Office of Freie Universität Berlin in New Delhi, Tel. +91-11-41680363, Email: email@example.com