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Falling Walls Lab India 2017 - Join the Action!

Great Minds - 3 Minutes - 1 Day
In the Falling Walls Lab innovative young minds present their research project, business plan, entrepreneurial or social initiative that is relevant to the world of today to a panel of eminent jury and audience in three minutes flat. The winner of the Lab qualifies and gets funded to participate in the Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November 2017 as one of 100 international and interdisciplinary participants, and gets a ticket to the international Falling Walls Conference where some of the world’s most prominent scientists present their current breakthrough research.

Falling Walls Lab India 2017

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 2:30 - 6:30 pm
Venue: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras (Auditorium, IC & SR Building)

Register now to cheer the finalists of the Falling Walls Lab India 2017.

Witness them Breaking the Walls of...                        

  • ..water Scarcity: Pushkal Sharma
  • based bioconversion of lignin: Karuna Nagula
  • ..schottky limited transport: Dipankar Saha
  • ..litter: Vaishnavi D
  • ..X-Ray imaging accessibility and safety: Abhishek Appaji
  • ..anti-microvial resistance (AMR): Sachin Dubey
  • ..birds, blades and wind sharing: Anushika Bose
  • ..problems of farmers: Arnold Sachith
  • ..slow death - safer water, smarter tomorrow: Ekashmi Rathore
  • ..nano particle and cancer: Jose Varghese
  • ..urban consciousness through games: Nikhila Anoth
  • ..ineffective ELV recycling: Murugesan Venkatesan
  • ..payment card validations: Abhishek Maheshwari
  • ..boredom in vestibular rehabilitation: Aravind Nehruji
The Falling Walls Lab India is hosted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

DAAD Alumni meeting & Final project workshop University Rostock /Royal University Bhutan and  Visit of Dr. Dorothea Rueland, Secretary General, DAAD

7 - 13 May 2017, Bhutan

A DAAD alumni meeting together with a workshop on the 4-year long DAAD funded cooperation project between the University of Rostock, Germany and the College of Science and Technology (CST), Royal University of Bhutan was organised in Thimphu, Bhutan on 8th and 9th of May 2017. The participants included DAAD Alumni from Bhutan, students and faculty from University of Rostock, College of Science and Technology (CST) and officials from the project industry partners Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) and Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), Bhutan.

The opening of the Meet followed by a very interactive session with the DAAD Alumni.

Prominent dignitaries from Academic and Industry graced the workshop with welcome notes and presentations.

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My IIT Bombay Experience with a DAAD Scholarship - Sundar Niroula, Nepal

Being a part of an acclaimed institute of South Asia, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) was a euphoric experience. I could feel the immense size of campus on the first day at IITB. The exquisite Powai Lake holding reflected city lights on one side of my dorm terrace and the beautiful hill on the other end of campus was appealing. In addition, well-maintained vegetation inside campus made me realize that IIT Bombay is a naturally enriched learning environment.

The first-day experience of my graduate school was memorable. I was delighted to attend lectures from experienced professors in a technically sound classroom. However, later in the evening, I was admitted to IIT Hospital due to changes in weather and eating habits. My immune system almost took two weeks to adjust to the spicy food served at hostel mess.

When courses are on flow, life at IITB is tough. In early days, regular classes, frequent tests, assignments and experimental works were sometimes too much to handle. Maybe I was experiencing what an IITian generally faces. I quickly figured out the pace of IIT and followed accordingly to pull myself through.

But things are not always difficult in IITB. Besides studies, there are numerous ways to indulge in activities inside the campus. Sports infrastructures and facilities inspire students to remain physically fit and help develop some level of sportsmanship as well. I have seen some of my friends who started from scratch and had become above average swimmers, basketball and soccer players before graduation. Institute’s cultural and social bodies are the hub of students’ creativity and their works are magical at times.

The enormous laboratory facilities, multiple journal subscriptions and above all, motivated professors defines the institute’s interest in academics and research. During my Master’s program, I had some experience of research work as a part of degree requirement which introduced me to world class research practices and journals. It was a kind of epiphany moment as I was able to find my potentials and most importantly, happiness in the work I did. The academic and research culture in the Department of Civil Engineering, IITB has undoubtedly motivated to continue my career in the field of research.

All these life changing experiences have only been possible due to an educational aid I was offered through DAAD. This novel and altruistic DAAD Regional Scholarship for Masters and PhD is absolutely helpful for those who prefer to study in world-class institution closer to home. Moreover, the Nepalese culture and education practices align well with that of India which makes us well suited to serve our country in future. In a strict sense, the fully funded scholarship with timely stipend helped to live a progressive student life at IITB. Only through DAAD, I could focus on my academics and research without worrying on financial fronts. However, in a broader sense, the scholarship is an exposure to the finest academic standards for students of least developing nations like ours. It also made me realize that Nepalese institutes have a long way to go in order to reach the standards set by premier institutes of the world.

I am indebted to DAAD for the opportunity it has provided. The words of gratitude might help express my thankfulness for now but I feel responsible for helping DAAD in return through any suitable means in future.

Sundar Niroula
Masters of Technology (2015-1017)
Water Resources Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Call for applications: Press Tour in Germany on “Seas and Oceans“, 22-27 October 2017

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites a delegation of 15 international science journalists on a press tour to Germany on marine research from 22 to 27 October 2017.

The seas and oceans are the origin of all life and vital to the future of humanity. How can ocean resources be used in a sustainable manner? What are the effects of rising sea temperatures and acidification? What can we do to tackle the pollution of the seas? These are only some of the questions that researchers of today are seeking to answer. The press tour picks up the topic of the German Science Year 2016*17 of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and sets out to show what marine researchers in Germany are working on.

Call for Applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 23.59 pm (CET).
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June 2017.

The DAAD invites applications for the position of Information Officer at the DAAD Information Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Application Deadline: 29 May 2017