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Welcome to the IGCS

The IGCS serves the cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied research, teaching and training, dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development. Its special focus is the protection of the environment considering water resources, energy, land use and rural development and waste management. The Centre should promote the development of relevant ideas on and solutions to specific local issues, through interdisciplinary research and study projects in the above mentioned areas. The IGCS will additionally contribute to the intensification of Indo-German cooperation in key academic fields.


The IGCS aims at developing the capacity and the capability to promote sustainable development in Germany, India and South Asia. Sub-topics of research can be identified within the above mentioned core areas.  Sustainability with respect to economic, ecologic and social issues significantly enhances the existing research activities and courses offered at the IITM.  German and Indian expertise merge in joint research projects, the development of additional study programmes and in joint degree programmes.

An essential component of the IGCS’s trans-disciplinary approach is the cooperation with other institutions and organizations in order to make use of existing information, research, capacity, (best practice) experience and ongoing initiatives in the different areas of sustainable development. The research of this centre will help to meet the challenges of the global change regarding water and energy in the future.


1. IGCS Summer School 2019 on Smart Grids: application period extended!

The IGCS Summer School on Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society will take place at TU Dresden, Germany, from June 15 – 26 2019. Application is open to German and Indian Master and PhD students. UPDATE: Application deadline for students from Germany is extended and runs until April 22 2019, 23:59 o’clock CET. The application is closed for students from India. Find detailed information about the program


2. Exchange semester in India: Prepatory workshop for DAAD fellows

Cologne, June 28-30 2019, organized by DAAD IndiAlumni e.V. The alumni association IndiAlumni e.V. invites DAAD fellows from Germany who plan an exchange to India to participate in the prepatory workshop. Interested candidates contact kontakt@indialumni.de to reveive more information. Please find below their invitation (German only): Liebe Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten,   herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurem bevorstehenden Indienaufentha


3. New scholarships for research exchanges to Germany and India in 2019 available now! Update: application closed

Please find all details here. Deadline is February 28 2019.

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Bulletin No 20

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 4 is published. The last month was turbulent. Demonetization (Nov 8th), Honorable Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s demise (Dec 5th), and cyclone Vardah (Dec 12th) are testing the resilience of people in India, Tamil Nadu and Chennai, the latter coping with all three events accumulated. Apart from this, this bulletin demonstrates that the IGCS is as vibrant as ever. We held several workshops, were present at the Cityscapes Confe


Bulletin No 19

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 3 is out. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the joint Summer School at TU Berlin, GIZ collaboration in the Cities fit for Climate Change-Project. An interesting opinion is published by Dr. Avilash Roul, IGCS Senior Scientist on “Ocean Governance: Samudra Manthan 2.0”. If you wish to receive the Bulletin on a regular basis, please contact portius(at)igcs-chennai.org


Bulletin No 18

The latest Bulletin is out:  IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 2. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the Indo-German conference on Sustainability in February, the IGCS Winter School on Biofuels, the Winter School on Air Pollution, the Conference on Air Quality and the Panel on Disaster Management at IIT Madras. IGCS hosts a short term lecturer, Dr. Roos Gerritsen from University of Heidelberg and several students fro

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Final reminder for German students to apply for the IGCS summer school! We look forward to applications from all over Germany! We close applications next Monday, April 22. ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer School application for students from Germany extended until April 22! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wirst du dieses Jahr für ein Auslandssemester oder einen Forschungsaufenthalt nach Indien gehen und wurdest als DAAD Stipendiat/in ausgewählt? Der Verein DAAD IndiAlumni Netzwerk e.V. bietet vom 28. bis 30. Juni 2019 ein Vorbereitungsseminar für Studienaufenthalte in Indien an!

Interesse? Dann meldet euch über kontakt@indialumni.de an! Das Seminar findet in Köln statt. Teilnehmerzahl limitiert!
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1 month ago


Quick reminder to apply for the IGCS summer school 2019 on the topic of smart grids!

Application is open for Indian and German Master and PhD students who show a keen interest in the field until March 31st!

Apply here (you will need to register first): bit.ly/2ULQpxS

more information about the school & funding opportunities you can read on our website: www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2019-2/
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