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For over 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 330 employees in India, of whom 85 per cent are national personnel.

India is fast emerging as an economic and industrial power. It is a member of the ‘Group of Twenty’ (G20) as well as one of the five major emerging national economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Despite the country’s rapidly growing economy, poverty and other socio-economic issues remain a challenge. The burgeoning population and accelerated urbanisation in the country have resulted in an environment at risk and greenhouse gas emissions that continue to spiral upwards.

The focal areas of Indo-German cooperation currently are:

Monday, October 3, 2016 to Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Following the successful first Indo-German Start-up Bootcamp conducted in July 2016 in Berlin, GIZ together with their partners Bosch, World Resources Institute (WRI), Social Impact Lab, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Intellecap are geared to conduct the second Indo-German Start-up Bootcamp which will take place in India and will bring together entrepreneurs from India and Germany to explore cooperation and grow their social impact.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heidelberg Centre South Asia, South Asia Institute, Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, Indian Chest Foundation, both in Pune, and the Health and Demographic Research Center in Vadu, in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation, organized a workshop on ‘Urbanisation, Climate Change and Health’, part of HCSA series of initiatives and events on Smart Cities. The workshop took place at the German House for Research and Innovation, on October 26. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Head Science and Technology, the German Embassy. The technical sessions covered a wide range of subjects, such as Air Quality of Indian Mega Cities and Prediction System (Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director SAFAR, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune),  Climate Change and Health - Ongoing efforts at PHFI (Dr.

Prof. Girish Nath Jha, Vice-President for International Affairs, Professor of Computational Linguistics and ChairpersonSpecial Center for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, recently visited University of Cologne (Germany) on 11-12 November 2016, for further talks in intensifying academic cooperation between UoC and JNU. On arrival, he was greeted by Dr Stefan Bildhauer, Director, International Affairs, University of Cologne, followed by the meeting with the Rector of UoC, Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth.

Friday, November 11, 2016 to Saturday, November 12, 2016

Prof. Girish Nath Jha, Vice-President for International Affairs, Professor of Computational Linguistics and ChairpersonSpecial Center for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, recently visited University of Cologne (Germany) on 11-12 November 2016, for further talks in intensifying academic cooperation between UoC and JNU. On arrival, he was greeted by Dr Stefan Bildhauer, Director, International Affairs, University of Cologne, followed by the meeting with the Rector of UoC, Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth.

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years.
Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne)
Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years.
Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne)
Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

H.E. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Germany, visited the University of Cologne on August 8th, 2016. Together with the Second Secretary of the Embassy and Consul Kiran Khatri from Frankfurt, the high-ranking visitors were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Vice-Speaker for the Global South Studies Center, Dr Stefan Bildhauer, Ms. Sarah Marleen Danneberg and the International Office of the University of Cologne.

The focus of the meeting was to get an overview of the India related activities both in the field of research and in terms of international student support services, such as exchange programs and summer schools. Furthermore, the Ambassador met 10 Indian students who are currently studying at the University of Cologne, either for a semester or their full-time Master's or doctoral degree.
Reference: http://india.uni-koeln.de/cmisnews.html

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years.

Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne)
Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

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