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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

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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Lissy Langer does PhD in Energy Economics at TU Berlin. After the long hike in the rain, we asked Lissy how she is feeling about the Summer School.
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One of the students, Sandeben who studies Architecture at Anna University in Chennai, is telling us about his experience after coming to Germany.
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Day 2:

Day two was a lot of fun! We went hiking in Saxon Switzerland. Anjana Sivan is telling us about her recollections from today:

What we usually expect won't happen and the unexpected will surely happen. Today we were late for the trip, missed the train and then it started raining. Apart from that, the trip was wonderful. We climbed three hills within 5 hours. It was tiring but at the same time fun☺️. We enjoyed the countryside beauty. Throughout the trip, we got a chance to interact with each other. It helped to get to know everyone closely. Highlights of the trip were having lunch together at the top of the hill, sharing the food, joking and taking group pictures. The more we climbed, the more we immersed in nature. The view from the top of the hills was mesmerizing. It was really a wonderful experience.

All of us are excited about the project pitch tomorrow, Stay tuned!
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Today, on a warm sunny day, IGCS Summer School on Smart Grids started at TU Dresden. Participating students from Germany and India were informed about the school schedule, project work, the city of Dresden and various exciting activities that are planned for the coming days.

We are going to keep you updated :) Stay tuned!

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Second call for IGCS scholarships in 2019! Available for research projects in India or Germany. Apply until June 30!

Scholarships are available for students from Germany and for Indian students from IIT Madras and - NEW! - IIT Mandi, IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad in a pilot phase!

Find more info here: www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/offers

Photo source: Flora Hartmann, 2019.
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