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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.

Mission

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.

News

1. Second call for scholarships: research exchanges to Germany and India in 2019 (Update: new deadline!)

IGCS-Scholarships available for German Master students, PhD students and senior scientists at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai (India) Indian Master students, PhD students and senior scientists from IIT Madras, IIT Mandi, IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad for sustainability research in Germany The IGCS awards scholarships for graduate students and researchers who developed an idea for a

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2. Report: IGCS Winter School review

Broadening horizons at the 2019 IGCS Winter School Hannah was one of the 30 students who was selected to participate in the IGCS Winter School 2019 in Chennai. With this report she gives an insight into the school’s topics and activities as well as a few personal impressions. I had the great opportunity to participate in the IGCS Winter School Sustainable Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and E-waste. The Winter School took place on the

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3. 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

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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

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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

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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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Greeshma Nadh telling about her experience at Summer School in Dresden :)

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Day 8 & 9:

Pankaj Kumar who is doing his PhD in climate studies at IIT Bombay summarised his weekend:

22nd June:

The day of the field trip was really packed and interesting. The day
started with our bus trip to compactLine project of 50Hertz at Jessen/Nord substation. The compactLine is a technically innovative concept where a
380 kV overhead line is developed in a compact design. The 50 Hertz team explained the details of the substation and compactLine project which was a really great learning experience.
Our lunch was planned at Wittenberg which was followed by our visit to Schlosskirche (All Saints’ Church). The visit to the town and the Church were a beautiful and refreshing experience. I was particularly attracted to the beautiful windows of the church and we were lucky to witness even a German wedding.
Our next destination was Ferropolis which is an open museum of huge
industrial machines. The place is mysteriously beautiful and has a lake which was an open cast mine in the past. We came back nearly after 12 hours of travel and then took some of our friends from Germany to an Indian dinner. The day was indeed fun filled with lots of songs and scenic landscapes on the way.

23rd June:

We had a guided tour planned for Sunday. We started walking from Prager Straße and joined our guide outside the Semperoper near the Elbe river. We learned about the history of Dresden and how it was rebuilt after World War II. We visited Zwinger which is a palace with beautiful gardens and was used historically for an orangery and as a festival arena. We then went to the Dresden castle which is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden and was the residence of electors and kings. The Fürstenzug is a particularly interesting large mural of rulers of Saxony. Our last visit was into Dresden Frauenkirche which is a Protestant church with one of the
largest domes in Europe. All these places look out of the world at night.
We then dispersed for souvenir shopping in the Neumarkt area shops and then for lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant in Neustadt. It was a weekend well spent :)

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