GERMAN AMBASSADOR AND ANDHRA PRADESH GOVERNOR FLAG OFF THE “DWIH NEW DELHI – EXCELLENCE ON TOUR 2013!” IN HYDERABAD

Day One of the week-long roadshow also brings to India globally-celebrated Gunter Bennung, popularly known as Clown Shiven, who has been travelling worldwide as a clown for 33 years

Hyderabad, 26 April, 2013: The much-anticipated “DWIH New Delhi – Excellence on Tour 2013!” was today inaugurated in Hyderabad by the German Ambassador to India, Mr. Michael Steiner, along with the Honorable Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Being held at the Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology in Banjara Hills, the Tour is being supported by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Goethe-Zentrum and the Sultan-ul-Uloom Education Society, and will continue till May 3. Other dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony also included Mr. Zafar Javeed, Honorary Secretary, Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Jörg Schneider, Director of International Affairs, German Research Foundation (DFG) and Prof. Dr. Ramkrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad.

Addressing a packed audience of over 1000 high school and college students, the German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said: "India and Germany are true partners in science, education and language. Today's gathering with you is the best prove. I feel at home here. Germany welcomes bright, educated young Indian students like you. Visit my country, study at one of our excellent Universities; make your career in Germany".

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Torsten Fischer, Director, German Research Foundation (DFG), the official coordinator of DWIH New Delhi, adds, “Hyderabad is among the top 10 Indian cities in terms of Indo-German collaborative research output. During 2004-2009 alone, as many as 265 Indo-German collaborative papers were contributed by Hyderabad, out of which 92 were from the University of Hyderabad and another 50 were from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT). Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) and National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) produced 30 and 25 research papers respectively during this period.”

The 8-day long event will offer Hyderabadi students, researchers, academicians and general public a milieu of learning, fun, cultural immersion and prizes. The event features informative sessions, lectures, videos and poster presentations on wide-ranging subjects in science, technology and humanities.

Some of these themes include molecular biology, non-invasive medical diagnostics, engineering sciences, language technologies, geophysical research, humanities, rural financing, climate change, renewable, Shale Gas, neuroscience, environment and astronomy. The Tour will also give insights on developing new models for strengthening academic collaborations in the developing areas such as nanotechnology, medicine, engineering, mathematical, physical and chemical sciences; job opportunities from the occupation groups of Natural Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; German music & culture; and international research opportunities in Germany.

The DWIH Lecture Series during the Tour will also include a session on the rich contributions of Alexander von Humboldt in the fields of Intellectual History, Natural Sciences, and Geography. Regarded as the founder of Modern Geography, Humboldt was described by Charles Darwin as "the greatest scientific traveler who ever lived".

Other highlights during the week will be a book release on organic food marketing, Science Slam for young researchers, painting & photography exhibition, DWIH Culture Gully featuring plays, dance, poetry and comedy, public film projection on Street Life, animations and documentaries and German Cinema. The students will also get an opportunity to meet and interact with top diplomats, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, Deputy Head of Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi, and Dr. Stefan Weckbach, German Consul General in Chennai, who will talk about what it takes to be a Diplomat, their experiences on their posting in locations around the world, and the Indo- German relations on social, cultural, political and economic aspects.

The opening day of the week-long roadshow also brings to India the renowned Gunter Bennung, popularly known as Clown Shiven, who has been travelling worldwide as a clown for 33 years. Celebrated all over Europe, in Japan, USA, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand, Clown Shiven has performed in circuses, theatres, at festivals, in schools, kindergartens, play centres, hospitals and special schools the world over. He visited India over a decade back as an “official ambassador for the children” during The German Festival in India 2000-2001’.

The German House for Research and Innovation in New Delhi (DWIH New Delhi) is the fifth focal point for enhanced German academic and research cooperation, along with São Paolo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan). DWIH New Delhi is one of the major pillars of the “Research and Academic Relations Initiative”, and is aimed at creating more synergy and joint initiatives with Indian partner organizations and universities for enhancing the academic and research cooperation between the two countries.

For more details, please contact:

Ruchika Christ
Public Relations
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
German Research Foundation
Tel. +91.49224905, Ruchika.Christ@dfg.de

Priyanka Pandit
Gutenberg Communications
Tel: +91. 8885000242 priyanka@gutenbergpr.com