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Migration in Nepal:  Long Distance Migration and Environmental Change in Nepal
July 21-23 2017, Kathmandu

Nepal German Academic Association (NEGAAS) is a non-profit organization established in 1986 by a group of Nepalese Academicians who obtained their degree from various universities of Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). The chief objective of NEGAAS is to organize workshops and seminars regularly on the topics of societal importance leading to discussions among alumni members, intellectuals and young entrepreneurs in the country. This time NEGAAS is organizing a three day workshop on “Migration in Nepal: Long Distance Migration and Environmental Change in Nepal” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Beatrice Knerr from Germany. The workshop which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) deals with the interconnected problem of migration and environment.

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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 project titled “Modelling and Simulation of Bhutan’s Hydropower Plants and Transmission Network” has been funded by DAAD under the Programme “University-Business-Partnerships”. The highly successful outcome of the project led the way to discuss future joint projects between the two Universities.

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.

On 11th May the German Embassy New Delhi, DAAD, Indo German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) organised a panel discussion about future cooperation between the two countries. German Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney, Dr. Rueland, Ms. Aum Phub Zam, President, BCCI as well as the MD and President of Daimler Commercial Vehicles and CEO Siemens Healthcare interacted with Bhutanese Government Officials, Entrepreneurs, Members of BCCI, Students and Press & Media. One of the key points of discussion was skill development.

Dr. Rueland’s visit to Bhutan included various meetings with the heads of different Higher Education Institutions and Education Ministries in Thimphu. Dr. Rueland also met the Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan, Dasho Nidup Dorji. They discussed various possibilities for future cooperation in the field of Higher education between Germany and Bhutan. Potential was seen especially in Agriculture, Forestry, teacher training and law besides extending the existing cooperation in the field of Hydropower.

International Conference on Computational Modeling & Simulation (ICCMS-2017)
17 - 19 May 2017, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

The International Conference on Computational Modeling & Simulation (ICCMS-2017) will be organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Department of Mathematics of South Asian University, Delhi. The proposed three-day International Conference will be a premier forum to disseminate new advances and research findings in all areas related to Computational Modeling & Simulation such as Biology, Medicine, Environment, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics etc. It will provide a platform for local and international participants to discuss and share knowledge on Computational Modeling and Simulation across many disciplines. The speakers of the workshop are invited from Universities in Germany, Indonesia, India, Australia, Japan, USA, Sweden and Sri Lanka. The conference is partially funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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Graph Theory and Optimization with Applications in Industry and Society (GraThO) - Advanced Network Flows: Algorithms and Game Theoretic Views
26 March – 6 April 2017, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Cooperation Partners
University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines
Tribhuvan University, Institute of Science and Technology, Nepal

A seminar-workshop on Graph Theory and Optimization with Applications in Industry and Society (GraThO) under the topics Advanced Network Flows: Algorithms and Game Theoretic Views began on March 26 at Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University. DAAD representative from New Delhi, India, seven participants from Mindanao, Philippines, 22 participants from Nepal, two resource persons from Germany, invited distinguished guests including the Dean of the Institute of Science and Technology, Heads of the various Central Departments from Tribhuvan University, faculty members and around 100 students attended the opening ceremony.

At his welcoming address, the President of Nepal Mathematical Society, who is also the cooperation partner of partnership programme at Tribhuvan University, Prof. Tanka Nath Dhamala highlighted the DAAD partnership including various activities and its background. He acknowledged the DAAD supports from the very beginning and a long standing cooperation between German universities, especially University of Kaiserslautern, and mathematics department in Kathmandu. He also mentioned the DAAD support to Nepal German Academic Association (NEGAAS), earlier contribution of Prof. Horst W. Hamacher, and visits of DAAD regional directors Ms. Christiane Schlottmann and Ms. Heike Mock, and the representatives Ms. Aditi Gosavi, Ms. Shikha Sinha and Ms. Manisha Mudgil, from New Delhi to Kathmandu as a background of this partnership. Appreciating the cooperation partners... Read more

German Week 2017: Borders and Border-Crossings: Politics and Poetics of Migration

20 – 24 February 2017, Savitribai Phule Pune University

Like in the previous years, the German Week 2017, one of the most important events of the academic calendar of German Studies in India, was divided into two part, the DAAD Young Researchers Symposium and the International Conference of the Goethe Society of India. After the centenary celebrations of German Studies in 2014 the German Week returned to Savitribai Phule Pune University. The conference topic was “Borders and Border-Crossings: Politics and Poetics of Migration” this year and the conference venue was the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) for the first time.

During the Young Researchers Symposium ten MPhil and PhD students from different Indian universities presented the research topics of their dissertations. After their presentations, there was an exclusive workshop for the speakers of the symposium during which they intensively discussed with a team of professors from Germany and India the state of their research work and how to successfully conclude their projects. Apart from that there was also a reading by the German author Christoph Peters and a short presentation of the Goethe Institut New Delhi about its e-library. A workshop on “Literatures of Refugees and Migration” concluded the Young Researchers Symposium and served as transition to the international conference.

During the International Conference of the Goethe Society of India 17 researchers from India and Germany presented their papers around the conference topic and inspired prolific discussions about the current politics and culture of migration in Europe, India and the world. Moreover, the German Book Office New Delhi introduced its project “Translating Germany” and a theatre group of students and teachers of German Performed a collage with the title “Fluchtpunkte”, which was one of the highlights of the cultural programme. Another highlight was the reception hosted by Consul General of the German Consulate Mumbai, Dr. Jürgen Morhard.

The German Week 2017 was a full success, with stimulating academic and non-academic presentations and discussions, a great cultural programme and wonderful host. The German Week 2017 would not have been possible with the immense efforts of the whole team of German Section of the Department of Foreign Languages, Savitribai Phule Pune University and the generous support of DAAD, IISER Pune, Goethe Institut New Delhi and the German Consulate Mumbai.





DIES Regional Workshop – Management of Internationalization
December 5-9, 2016 at Maniapal University

 Manipal University had the pleasure of hosting the DIES Training Course on Management of Internationalization – Asian REGIONAL WORKSHOP from 5th to 9th of December 2016. Funded by DAAD Germany and HRK German Rectors’ Conference Germany, the training program was jointly organized by Manipal University, Manipal and Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya – other regional partners, had already facilitated similar regional workshops at their respective universities for participants from America and Africa. Manipal University, for its part had conducted this event for the Asian participants.

The general objective of the project was to develop a qualification program for the international office staff of higher education institutions. We had participants from universities from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and India across the Asian continent.

The participants arrived on the previous day and the sessions started on 5th morning with the inaugural address by Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University. Other delegates present at the inaugural address were Dr B Ramjee, Director International Collaborations; Dr Birgit Barden Laufer, Director International Office, Leibniz University Hannover; Dr Bala Ramani, Program Coordinator for India/South Asia, Leibniz University Hannover; Dr Satish Adiga, DAAD Research Ambassador; Ms Shikha Sinha, Senior Advisor – International Cooperation, DAAD Delhi; and Ms Manjula, Science Officer, German Consulate General Office, Bangalore. Eminent speakers like Dr P J Lavakare, Senior Adviser to the Institute of International Education (IIE), USA in India and Dr Dato’ Morshidi Sirat, Professor at Universiti Sans Malaysia (USM), Malaysia and former deputy Director General, Department of Higher Education (Public Sector), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia spoke on various aspects of Internationalization and its relevance in the field of education. While Dr Lavakare addressed the issues on Strategies of Internationalization of Higher Education in India, Dr Sirat emphasized on the topics such as Credit Transfer and Equivalence, Mobility of Scientists – regional organizations and networks & Internationalization at Home. Other topics related to Student Mobility, Challenges in Internationalization of Research & Structures and tasks of International Office were presented by other speakers.

As part of the cultural activity, visit to an NGO and to the nearby local areas of cultural interest was arranged. The session came to an end with the analysis of the regional workshop followed by an instrumental music session at the farewell dinner hosted by Manipal University.

Indo-German Dialogue on Excellence in Research and Education
Focus: Industry Academia Cooperation

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at IISER Pune

'Indo-German Dialogue on Excellence in Research and Education', an initiative by DWIH New Delhi, aims at bringing together Indian and German decision makers, stakeholders and leading experts, to jointly and comprehensively discuss the multifaceted and all-encompassing aspects of excellence in research and education, to exchange ideas and experiences  with regard to the challenges and opportunities and to identify areas of mutual interest.

The 3rd edition of Indo-German Dialogue will focus on industry-academia cooperation and is being organised in cooperation with IISER Pune.

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DWIH Indo-German Conference "CityScapes"

In the past few decades, promising economic opportunities and living conditions has fueled migration of human population from rural areas to urban cities. As per the UN estimates, 70% of the world population will be dwelling in cities by 2050. This continuous ‘human’ influx in cities has had an unprecedented impact on the existing resources such as land, water, energy and overburdened ‘man-made’ infrastructures. Together with natural calamities such as floods and cyclones; unrestricted population explosion in urban set-up compromises the intricate balance of the ecosystem. There is an urgent need to develop harmonious solutions to tackle these global challenges of sustainable urbanization.

To maintain the dynamic equilibrium of increasing world population with that of its immediate environment; efficient, low carbon energy alternatives need to be developed and utilized for various industrial, agricultural, housing and transportation applications. Another aspect of urban living that requires attention is the ‘world of internet’ that has not just redefined human communication in the last two decades but has immensely contributed to development of cutting-edge technologies the world has so far witnessed. This ‘Cyber space’ that contains sensitive personal and Governmental information; provides framework of digital networking for various applications including transportation; communication and scientific research needs to be protected from cyber vandals for ensuring national security.

Apart from pressing issues such as energy, environment, cyber security etc. the theme of cities and migration throws up a host of other social and political questions. As the world urban population is expected to double by 2050, Steven Vertovec, Director, Max Planck Institute of Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; asks how people with ever more diverse characteristics can live together in the rapidly expanding cities of the world. The focus lies here on the dynamics of diversification that requires asking how people of different nationalities, ethnicities, languages, gender etc. are creating new patterns of coexistence and where these patterns might lead to conflict. Some of this conflict potential can be witnessed in Europe today, especially in Germany, where the refugee crisis fuelled by war and poverty in other parts of the world is creating enormous challenges for urban governance. In India rural migration to urban centers is leading not only to a breakdown of urban infrastructure, but is also creating a growing social polarization in large cities. Migration is to be viewed here as a part of broader social transformations with their socio-spatial inequalities and/or social cohesions. Trends of labor migration towards emerging and developed markets are yet another interesting aspect of sociology of cities and migration that impacts the policies shaping economy, societal and sustainable development.

The above issues will be addressed in form of lectures or panel discussions and book reading under the umbrella of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi.

Lectures and panel discussion under following subtopics:

  • Privacy & Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM)
  • Smart Energy & Construction
  • Impact of Urbanisation on Environment
  • Smart Cities : Industry Perspective
  • For a Future Sustainable Peri-Urban India
  • Cities & Migration: Perspectives from Politics & Economy
  • Cities & Migration: Citizen’s Participation
  • Mapping Human Skills


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Ensuring resilient and sustainable energy future: Linking post- earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
24-26 October 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

The main objective of this national workshop is to develop professional capacity of alumni through knowledge and experience sharing among national alumni and stakeholders on energy development issues for the on-going massive reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in Nepal. This workshop would eventually assist to ensure a resilient and sustainable energy future for Nepal. Other specific objectives of the workshop can be listed as follows:

  • To share knowledge and ideas of productive and efficient practices on energy development that will help in the national efforts on post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction
  • To provide a platform for stakeholders to interact and raise awareness on sustainable energy development issues
  • To strengthen collaboration and networking among alumni of Flensburg University




IGCS Summer School 2016
Biomass and Coal - Two Carbon Fuels of Different Ages: German and Indian Perspectives
9 - 18 July 2016, Technical University Berlin

The nine-day program addresses a variety of aspects related to the sustainable and clean use of biomass and coal. Lectures by German and Indian representatives from academia, industry, and politics will introduce into technical, environmental, economic, and political aspects of the supply and use of these two solid fuels. These lectures will be designed to foster a lively discussion between the participants. Furthermore, the participants will carry out projects related to the topics of the lectures. Here, the participants are expected to team up with their fellow students with different academic backgrounds to achieve fruitful results based on interdisciplinary teamwork. The program is complemented by topic-related excursions.

The course is open to German* and Indian Master and PhD students in academic fields of engineering, environmental and social sciences (specializiation related to the topic of the summer school is desirable). The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 (15 German / 15 Indian).

Application deadline 15 May 2016

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Nutrition today: Struggle between Malnutrition and Obesity
8 - 10 April 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of human civilization as it forms the basis of all kinds of physical, mental and spiritual development of mankind. The progress of the society and the nature of the progress thus much depend on the food we take. According to ancient nutrition science Ayurveda ‘Man is what man eats’. The nature requires a balanced and responsible usage of proteins, carbohydrates, different phytochemicals, and minerals in the food. Thus, to find a suitable utilization of nutrition is a crucial part of the development of healthy society. Only a society, enjoying the physical, mental and spiritual health, can make a progress.

However, with the advent of new technological advances in various areas and invasion of profit oriented societal values, many techniques and tools of food production, modification, protection and distribution have been introduced over last centuries. As result, new values and definitions have been created for the nutrition of body and soul. On one hand, we do not have enough food for growing population while there is a problem of ever increasing obesity in the society on the other. The equilibrium set up by the nature has been shifted. In particular, the food additives have significantly enhanced the food efficiency but also posed severe health hazards. Several problems related to obesity and malnutrition has emerged in our society. We realize that the gravity of the problem is increasing day by day. Also in Nepal, there is a challenge for us to tackle with these seemingly conflicting problems at the same time.

Nepal is going through rapid transformations in various socio-economic sectors. The expectation of the people has tremendously enlarged after the country has taken a path of federal republican set up in the political arena. To cope with the new challenges facing the nation in the field of balanced nutrition, there is an urgent need of enhancing the awareness in the population about the nutrition culture. We need a public awareness, in particular in the new generation, and deliver the society a concept of healthy, balanced and sustainable nutrition concept. Thus, the theme of the workshop is very timely and encompasses the need of the day.

The workshop is organized by NEGAAS and is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD. NEGAAS is an organization of alumni of German institutions such as the DAAD, AvH-Foundation, KFA, DFG who are working in Nepal. Since inception, NEGAAS has organized numerous seminars on diverse topics.

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Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities
27 – 28 February 2016, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

This conference has been organized by
Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS)

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German Week 2016: Der Süden - Phantasien, Positionen, Perspektiven
22 - 26 February 2016, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The German Week consists of the following events:

12th Symposium for Young Researchers in the Field of German Studies
22 - 24 February 2016

International Conference of the Goethe Society of India 2016
24 - 26 February 2016

The Week is being funded by the DAAD.
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International DAAD Alumni Seminar: Tropical Diversity, Ecology and Land Use, 17 – 22 February 2016, Göttingen

The alumni seminar intends to elaborate and reflect your expertise in socio-ecological systems. It will facilitate networking between the participants and with scientists and international students of the University of Göttingen. By means of oral and poster presentations and discussion fora, visits of research facilities, a fair-trade enterprise and a nature reserve you will get in touch with institutions  and organizations involved in tropical ecology and sustainable land use management. You will furthermore have the opportunity to develop and exchange ideas with renowned experts during the seminar and at the conference.

Applications are invited from alumni of German universities with a minimum of 3 months of study/research experience in Germany.

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Science Tour “Research in Germany” 2016: City of the Future - Research for Sustainable Urban Development
31 January – 6 February 2016

Call for Applications

Are you an international scientist involved in and curious about the future of urban development and so called smart cities?
Discover more about research into cities of the future by taking a tour of cutting-edge research facilities here in Germany.

The tour, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide a unique insight into innovative research activities in German universities, research institutes and industry.

More information is available here.



International Conference on Emerging Biotechnologies
28- 30th January 2016, Kakatiya University, Warangal

International Conference on Emerging Biotechnologies was held during 28th -30th January 2016. In this international congress, the key note address and 24 plenary lectures were delivered by national (mostly DAAD members) and international scientists. The topics spread over plant biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, climate change, medical health, crop biotechnology and nutrition. The most important and unique feature of this international event was that DAAD encouraged and financially supported 20 DAAD fellows from India and Bhutan to converge to Kakatiya University and present their experiences in Germany and also their research work.

Another important point to remember is that all foreign speakers viz, Prof. MGK. Jones, Australia, Dr. Martina Silber, Germany Prof. Laslo Szabados, Hungary   Prof. Ali Akbar Ehsanpour, Iran and Dr. Sonam Tashi, Bhutan have actively participated in this congress.

Both these features i.e, DAAD Alumni Meet and Foreign speakers converging to Kakatiya University was possible due to the financial support rendered by DAAD, Germany, DST, New Delhi, BRNS-BARC, Mumbai and UGC, New Delhi.

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Events in 2015

  • German Week, 16 – 20 February 2015, New Delhi 
    - 11th Symposium for Young Researchers in the Field of German Studies
    - Conference of the Goethe Society of India

  • Biochemical and Molecular Analysis of Medicinal Plants of India as a Source of Life Saving Drugs, 7 December 2015, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad

  • Indo-German Alumni Seminar on Enabling Sustainable Food and Nutritional Security, 1 - 2 December 2015, Hyderabad

  • Industry Academia Cooperation as a Key Impulse for Excellence in Research and Education, 20 November 2015, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore

  • Internationalisation as a Key Impulse for Excellence in Research and Education, 14 October 2015, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi

  • International DAAD Alumni Expert Seminar: Science meets Economy – Water and Waste Water Management, 10 - 12 October 2015, Mumbai

  • Summer School on Integrated Land Use Systems, June 1 - 19, 2015, Freiburg, Germany

  • Heidelberg Alumni International National Meeting (HAIN), February 23 - 24, 2015, New Delhi

  • 11th Symposium for Young Researchers in the Field of German Studies, 16 - 18 February 2015, New Delhi

  • Conference of the Goethe Society of India, 18 - 20 February 2015, New Delhi


Events in 2014

  • International Alumni Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation, December 8-10, 2014, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

  • Conference on Decentralized Biogas Digesters and their Slurry Management, November 20–21, 2014, BITS Pilani Goa Campus

  • IGCS DAAD Alumni Workshop “Globalization, Sustainability, Lifestyles – Think globally, act locally", November 6-7, 2014, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

  • Virtual Trained in GermanY India 2014, October 9, 2014

  • Trained in GermanY Mumbai 2014, September 24, 2014

  • Alumni Workshop on Establishment of innovative, multi‐state and multi‐national networks, September 11-20, 2014, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • Alumni Workshop on Reflecting Biodiversity – Holistic approaches and regional adaptation, September 11-20, 2014, University of Bonn, Germany


Events in 2013

  • Course on Vegetation Science and Site Classification, December 2-20, 2013, TERI University, New Delhi and Palni Hills & KIS, Tamil Nadu

  • Alumni Workshop on Earth Sciences for the Society, November 7-8, 2013, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad

  • Virtual Trained in GermanY India, Job Fair for Germany-Alumni, 25 October 2013, Pune

  • Alumni Workshop on Advances in PDE Modeling and Computation, October 21-25, 2013 Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

  • Science meets Economy – Water and Waste Water Management, October 20-27, 2013, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai

  • Alumni Workshop on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas, October 7-11, 2013, Auroville, Puducherry

  • Roles of Food, Work and Cash in Overcoming Poverty, September 28-30, 2013, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

  • Alumni Workshop on Science & Art of Sustainability, September 6-7, 2013, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

  • Land use related Biodiversity in India, August 26, 2013, TERI University, New Delhi