An ‘Excellence on Tour’ road show which aims at strengthening the Indo-German research collaboration by providing a platform to facilitate co-operation in science, technology, innovation, began in the city today.
The inaugural event was attended by Mr Rainer Schmiedchen, the German consul general, Kolkata, professor Dr Laurent Gizon, Director of the Max Planck Institute for solar system research, Professor Dr Dorothea Wagner, vice-president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), professor Dr R N Mukherjee, director of IISER, Kolkata, and the like attended the programme.
Mr Schmiedchen said that Germany is ready to strengthen the Indo-German research collaboration.
He further said that Bengalis have the brightest minds in India and that they also possess an open attitude.
“This unique road show is to showcase German community outreach. The Excellence on Tour road show is a German policy on extending collaboration in science and technology,” said Dr Mukherjee.
He further said that India is being looked upto by the world as an economic superpower and Germany is looked upto for science and technology. Mordern science is increasingly moving towards collaboration as individual organisations often lack expertise and proper infrastructure, said Dr Mukherjee.
“We must focus on issues pertaining to societal challenges like health, transport,” added Dr. Mukherjee.
Dr Laurent Gizon lauded India’s ambition of becoming one of the top five science destination by the year 2020.
“There are some 7,000 Indian students in Germany and over 1,000 Indian scientists are working in Germany. Employment options have become better with the change of the law and Indian students are particularly welcome,” said Dr Gizon.
Dr Dorothea Wagner praised India’s outstanding performance in the field of science, technology and innovation.
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