Your Excellency, Mr. Walter Stechel, Dr. Gernot Gad, it is evident that there exist tremendous opportunities for our two countries especially in the areas like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals and arts and literature, etc. Our both the nations capabilities, particularly, in the areas of engineering, biotechnology, material sciences, research & development, machine tools, energy and IT are widely known to us.
Scientific and technological cooperation with India dates back to the 1960s and is based on two intergovernmental agreements (1971, 1974). Indian science (particularly space research, IT and biotechnology) enjoys a good reputation in Germany, as does German scientific activity in India. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation. It enables highly qualified scholars not resident in Germany to spend extended periods of research in Germany and promotes the ensuing academic contacts. The Humboldt Foundation promotes an active world-wide network of scholars. Individual sponsorship during periods spent in Germany and longstanding follow-up contacts have been hallmarks of the foundation's work since 1953.
More than 20,000 scholars from 125 countries have been sponsored to date. After the US and Japan, India is the third-largest recipient of Alexander von Humboldt scholarships. In 1998, the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Centres of Excellence) and seven German technical universities agreed to set up a programme providing for study trips for Master’s students to the partner country. In the same year, a joint programme was established by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) to promote project-oriented research cooperation. Since 2001, a group of Indian students and young scientists has attended the annual Nobel prize-winners' conference in Lindau on Lake Constance.
We the Humboldt fellows of Jaipur have also witnessed that n recent years, Indo-German cooperation in science and technology has gained particular momentum. In 2004, Federal Chancellor Schröder inaugurated the Indo-German Science Circle in New Delhi – a high-profile series of lectures with an affiliated network and bilateral scientific website (see right, Useful Links). The German Research Foundation (DFG) also concluded a basic agreement with the DST and in November 2006.
Our this website introduction will not be complete without remembering Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) who was a true nature researcher and explorer, universal genius and cosmopolitan, scientist and patron. Members of natural science disciplines such as physical geography, climatology, ecology or oceanography see Humboldt as their founder. Alexander von Humboldt not only invested his heritage in his own studies but also selflessly sponsored other young scholars and talents, among them Justus von Liebig and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. As an author of 2 text books on environmental biology, I have very fondly stated about Alexander von Humboldt and his work.