INDO-GERMAN COOPERATION in science and technology dates back to 60s. Both nations had signed several agreements and MoUs in the area. Indian students today constitute one of the largest single-group of foreign nationals in Germany, said Marian Scheugraf, science counsellor in the German Embassy in New Delhi, after inaugurating a German film festival at the Lucknow University on Thursday.
Scheugraf added: “In 2006, about 86 Indian students found place in the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) in Germany, which is highest among all foreign students. The research school offers various doctoral programmes and in some cases MA programmes are offered. Also, 1,146 Indians have availed the Alexander Von-Humboldt Foundation fellowship. After US and Japan, India ranks third in availing it.”
“Also in 2005, a total of 415 Indian scientists visited Germany, which again reiterates the fact that Germany attracts Indian brains. The MoU signed in 2004 between Max Planck Co-operation Programme, Germany and Department of Science and Technology, India has laid a strong foundation,” she said while interacting with the students of Toppers’ Academy before the commencement of the film festival.
Scheugraf even urged LU students to avail the facility of studying at Germany as lot many Indian students were there. She said the embassy would be more than happy in facilitating their visit. She said Indo-German Science Circle also organised a joint workshop that would further strengthen ties between the two nations.
“The exchange of science and technology programme would further get a boost with the recent opening of the German Research Foundation at New Delhi. This is the fourth such branch in the world after US, Moscow and China. Now, there is another proposal to open yet another such branch in Hyderabad that would deal with subject like biotechnology,” she said.
The science counsellor also talked about German films and said they were very different to those of other nation as they lack action and were based on a variety of subjects and themes.
The festival began with screening of film entitled ‘Good bye, Lenin’. Organised by the UGC Academic Staff College, the inauguration function was attended by LU V-C RP Singh, Nishi Pandey and many teachers and students.