Science is all about innovation. It’s about pushing the boundaries of what we know and what we thought was possible. It pervades all aspects of our lives, providing solutions and helping us under-stand our place in the universe. It is knowledge that enables us to improve our lives and develop practical solutions for the challenges we are faced with today. And when knowledge is shared, its benefits are amplified.
India and Germany have a rich history of knowledge sharing. As a matter of fact, cooperation in the fields of education, science and research was a significant early milestone in our relationship, with Germany offering assistance to set up the Indian Institute of Technology Madras way back in 1956. Science and technology cooperation agreements signed in 1971 and 1974 formed the bedrock of our ties. In 2015, during the third Intergovernmental Consultations held in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel reaffirmed their commitment to support mutually beneficial science and technology partnerships which will create new knowledge and innovative technologies. Today, Germany is India’s second most important research partner. For Indian scientists working abroad, Germany is among the top three destinations in the world. Clearly, both countries continue to benefit from the increasing number of bilateral research projects and academic exchanges. The results have been nothing short of outstanding: more than 2,000 Indo-German scientific publications have been produced to date and around 2,000 joint projects—involving 7,000 scientists from both countries—have been undertaken.
As you can see, science is an integral pillar in our bilateral relationship. Germany remains committed to fostering this highly dynamic scientific and academic exchange with India. As partners in progress, India and Germany hold the key to a brighter future.