1971 & 1974
History is Made
The two Intergovernmental Science and Technology Cooperation Agreements signed in 1971 and 1974 laid the formal foundation of Indo-German cooperation in scientific research and technological development. Subsequently, there have been many pacts between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and various Indian ministries, as well as special exchanges between Indian and German research organisations.
A One-Stop Shop
The German House for Research and Innovation’s India office (DWIH New Delhi), created in 2012, is an umbrella organisation representing 15 German establishments in India, including research-funding institutions, research organisations and German universities. It is the largest consortium of DWIHs worldwide and aims to increase cooperation between Indian and German academic and scientific communities by facilitating bilateral projects in higher education, science and technology, research and innovation.
In September 2016, Dr Harsh Vardhan visited Germany to inaugurate the India-centric synchrotron beamline facility at PETRA III on the Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) campus in Hamburg. He also met his counterpart, Dr Johanna Wanka, German Minister for Education and Research, in Berlin. They reiterated their commitment to step up Indo-German collaboration in innovation, science and technology.