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Germany, India inaugurate Indo-German Science and Technology Centre


December 7, 2010 - New Delhi

Parliamentary State-Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Thomas Rachel, inaugurated the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) in Gurgaon with his DST counterpart, Dr. T. Ramasami, today.

The IGSTC is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and India's Department of Science and Technology (DST). Both sides have committed 10 million each for joint research projects for the first five years.

The IGSTC funds bilateral research projects in the field of applied sciences, bringing companies and the industry on board. Each research project involves one research institution and one company on each side (2+2 approach).

The Centre's current focus lies on natural sciences, life sciences and engineering.

A first set of four research projects has been selected - one in solar energy and three in biotechnology. A second call for research proposals is being prepared for early 2011.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation, Mr. Rachel also participated at the 16th Technology Summit, where Germany is a partner country.

Co-sponsored by the BMBF, the event is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the DST.

German Ambassador to India, Thomas Matussek, delivered the closing remarks at the summit.

This year, Germany is the partner country at the Technology Summit, a second time. No other country has featured as partner country twice at this summit. German high-tech companies, universities and research institutions are present here and have the opportunity to interact and establish contacts with their Indian partners. To create a platform where technology partners from the around the world meet, CII and DST have been organising this flagship event for the last 15 years.

ANI

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