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.



German-Indian Ideas Competition: From waste to resource – how can we turn garbage into gold?

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is seeking ideas to tackle India’s waste problem. The international BMBF campaign “Shaping the Future –...


IGCS-DST Workshop on Advances in Biomonitoring and Demonstration of Automated Biomonitoring of Pollutants in Water bodies | 2-9 May, 2016 | IITM

Pollution by numerous anthropogenic substances threatens water quality worldwide. Micro-pollutants in low levels are difficult to analyse due to need for sophisticated...


“Beyond Disasters in Chennai – Risk Management and Sustainable Urban Development” | 7 – 9 April 2016 | Indo-German Exchange

The recent monsoon period of 2015 resulted in widespread inundations and enormous human and economic losses in wide areas of Tamil Nadu, South India, especially...


IGCS CONFERENCE | Exploring Planetary Boundaries and their Challenges and Opportunities

The two-day Indo-German Conference on Sustainability was inaugurated on 27nd February 2016 at IIT Madras. The inaugural session was presided jointly by Prof Bhaskar...