According to reports, IISc had a special group of visitors this week – representatives from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The objective? Research in collaboration with IISC’s materials science department. The Foundation’s representatives visited the campus as part of a visit to Bangalore.
President of the Foundation, Professor Ing Matthias Kleiner and Dr Torsten Fischer of DFG India announced at a press conference on Monday that The German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) would be inaugurated at New Delhi in 2012. “It will be a one-stop shop for all Indians who want to do research in Germany. DWIH will be housing German universities , research institutions and funding organisations,” said professor Kleiner.
Talking about DWIH coming up at New Delhi, professor Kliener also informed that DGF would fund basic research work done from across all the fields of science and technology. “The only criteria for funding will be ‘quality’ . It will be judged using a three-step methodology,” said professor Kleiner. The delegate said DFG would give seven million euros as fund in the first two projects with the University of Hyderabad.
One possible area for collaborative work could be solar research and technology as IISC has experience in the field.