Eventful New Year’s in the New Delhi Liaison Office

Jan 22, 2020

In the beginning of November 2019, New Delhi was the focus of public attention due to being the host of German-Indian intergovernmental consultations. Approximately at the same time, Nora Naujoks began her work as the new head of the New Delhi liaison office.

Her debut fell into an eventful time in the Indian science and higher education field. For example, the Indian government passed a new National Education Policy (NEP) in October 2019. It intends for a new structure of the higher education system and brings big changes for the current 24.7 million students at Indian universities. Simultaneously, student protests are happening at several universities in India, for example at the Jawaharlal-Nehru-University (JNU) where students are protesting against higher student and accommodation fees. Freie Universität has been entertaining a close cooperation with the JNU for several years.

The liaison office in New Delhi was founded in 2008. It is located, together with 15 other German universities, research and funding organisations within the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in the center of the Indian capital.