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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. 2019 IGCS SUMMER SCHOOL: GROWING THROUGH DIVERSITY

The IGCS Summer School on Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society was conducted on the campus of the Technische Universität Dresden which is located in the beautifully reconstructed old town of Dresden, Germany. There were students from all backgrounds of academia, be it electrical or mechanical engineering or architecture or economics or environmental science, and I, Muskaan Kochar, consider myself privileged to

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2. Second call for scholarships: research exchanges to Germany and India in 2019 (Update: application closed)

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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3. 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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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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2019 IGCS Summer School: students, lecturers, organizers and the IGCS Steering Committee at the inauguration ceremony on June 17 2019. Photo: Jacqueline Duwe ... See MoreSee Less

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Going back home...

The summer school is over and it is time to return home. A group of IGCS students who were returning back to Aachen had a weird experience with trains on their way back home. Muskaan Kochar is narrating the story for us:

After a big lunch, with a heavy heart, as all started to depart, we were the last few remaining. Finally, the time had come to go back to our routine lives, but not for us. Our train was running 3 hours late. Determined, as we were to get back home, we decided to take an alternate route. Dresden to Leipzig, Leipzig to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Cologne, Cologne to Aachen. A taxing journey with many changes. We were hoping to reach Cologne at least in time to catch the last train to Aachen. Wait! Not so soon! Somewhere midway our train broke down at midnight and we were sent back to Frankfurt. It was 2 a.m. in the morning. Every single one of us was sleep deprived. We had already missed our last train from Cologne to Aachen, there was no way that we would make it back home before sunrise. It had been an exhausting day. But, something really nice happened, for the first time, all of us took a taxi (courtesy: Deutsche Bahn) and drove on the Autobahn at the speed of 200kmph. The driver was from Pakistan and played some peppy Punjabi songs for us, and somewhere in the middle of all this, we found calm in the chaos. Finally, we made it to Cologne and ultimately, home. It was half past six, it was finally time to go to bed. Gute Nacht! :)

All of us from India and Germany have reached home now. We will keep remembering the fun-filled days in Dresen. With this final post, I, Sammit Vartak, say goodbye to all of you. For me, it was an exciting journey to manage IGCS facebook page during summer school and report all the news and stories to you. I hope you have enjoyed it. I would like to keep an active connection with IGCS in the coming future.

Signing off...
Sammit Vartak
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Shivangni Sharma is doing her PhD from NIT Patna. Shivangni summarised her experince of the summer school. She touched all the highligts of the summer school and recounted her best moments.
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