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Welcome to the IGCS

The IGCS serves the cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied research, teaching and training, dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development. Its special focus is the protection of the environment considering water resources, energy, land use and rural development and waste management. The Centre should promote the development of relevant ideas on and solutions to specific local issues, through interdisciplinary research and study projects in the above mentioned areas. The IGCS will additionally contribute to the intensification of Indo-German cooperation in key academic fields.


The IGCS aims at developing the capacity and the capability to promote sustainable development in Germany, India and South Asia. Sub-topics of research can be identified within the above mentioned core areas.  Sustainability with respect to economic, ecologic and social issues significantly enhances the existing research activities and courses offered at the IITM.  German and Indian expertise merge in joint research projects, the development of additional study programmes and in joint degree programmes.

An essential component of the IGCS’s trans-disciplinary approach is the cooperation with other institutions and organizations in order to make use of existing information, research, capacity, (best practice) experience and ongoing initiatives in the different areas of sustainable development. The research of this centre will help to meet the challenges of the global change regarding water and energy in the future.


IGCS Summer School at RWTH Aachen University has started

15-28 JULY | RWTH Aachen University Summer School Sustainable Urban Water and Wastewater Management: India – Germany   Prof. E. Schmachtenberg, Rector, RWTH Aachen University, and Prof. B. Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, inaugurated the XXII Summer School at Aachen. 27 Students from different universities in Germany and India will partipate in numerous lectures and workshops of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) on “Sustain


Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop at IGCS

15-17 March 2017 | IIT Madras Prof. Jörg E. Drewes and Dr. Daphne Gondhalekar, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich (TUM), in cooperation with the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) at IITM and the Water Future Programme of Future Earth, organized the “Urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop” on 15-17 March 2017 in Chennai, India. The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers from TU Munich, IGC


I. Indo-German Dialogue on Urban Green Practices in Chennai

9-11 March 2017 | Kalakshetra   From March 9 -11 2017 researchers, practitioners and activists from India, Germany and other countries gathered in Chennai for an Indo-German Dialogue on Green Urban Practices funded by Heinrich Böll Foundation and organised by Wuppertal Institut and the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability. The three-day workshop was held using The Collaboratory methodology and included brainstorming, discussion rounds, work phases

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Bulletin No 20

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 4 is published. The last month was turbulent. Demonetization (Nov 8th), Honorable Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s demise (Dec 5th), and cyclone Vardah (Dec 12th) are testing the resilience of people in India, Tamil Nadu and Chennai, the latter coping with all three events accumulated. Apart from this, this bulletin demonstrates that the IGCS is as vibrant as ever. We held several workshops, were present at the Cityscapes Confe


Bulletin No 19

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 3 is out. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the joint Summer School at TU Berlin, GIZ collaboration in the Cities fit for Climate Change-Project. An interesting opinion is published by Dr. Avilash Roul, IGCS Senior Scientist on “Ocean Governance: Samudra Manthan 2.0”. If you wish to receive the Bulletin on a regular basis, please contact portius(at)igcs-chennai.org


Bulletin No 18

The latest Bulletin is out:  IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 2. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the Indo-German conference on Sustainability in February, the IGCS Winter School on Biofuels, the Winter School on Air Pollution, the Conference on Air Quality and the Panel on Disaster Management at IIT Madras. IGCS hosts a short term lecturer, Dr. Roos Gerritsen from University of Heidelberg and several students fro

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During Indo-German intergovernmental consultations in Berlin Federal Minister Johanna Wanka and her Indian Colleague Harsh Vardhan sign an agreement on IGCS support.
© Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler
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for Student Applicants from German Universities

New Deadline: 15.05.2017
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PRESS RELEASE Ambassador Smt. Mukta Dutta Tomar presents her credentials to H.E. Frank-Walter Steinmeier On April 24, 2017, Ambassador Smt. Mukta Dutta Tomar presented her Letter of Credence to Hon'...

Dear friends of Indo-German relations,

The DAAD IndiAlumni e.V. is celebrating its anual reunion 2017 in Hanover!
If you are interested, check out the event - its going to be fun!

DAAD IndiAlumni Reunion 2017 Hannover
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DAAD IndiAlumni Reunion 2017 Hannover

May 12, 2017, 6:00pm - May 14, 2017, 7:00am

As in the years before the DAAD IndiAlumni Network invites Indian and German DAAD alumni or scholarship holders to a big meeting. Here you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and meet ...