BayIND at the Indo-German Dialogue - Industry Academia Cooperation

On 26th September 2018, the Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation (BayIND) participated in the Indo-German Dialogue - Industry Academia Cooperation which was organized by the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) and took place at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

As a member of the German Centre for Research and Innovation, the BayIND participated in the discussion on the relationship between the industry and universities. The event stressed the importance of innovation and incubation for the industry. Especially universities should have a major role in functioning as breeding grounds for innovation and entrepreneurship.

A close relationship between science and industry forms the foundation of Germany's research and education landscape. In India on the contrary, cooperation between industry and academia is still unincisive.

The occasion was graced by H.E. Dr Martin Ney, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in India and by Prof Dr Wintermantel, the President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), who contributed to the event with as speakers.

Stakeholders from Indian and German universities, research institutions and industry shed light on the opportunities and challenges of achieving a sustainable cooperation between industry and academia through a panel discussion. The Indian experts Prof Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthi from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras and Sunil Mathur, the CEO of Siemens in India participated in the panel discussion. From Germany, Prof Dr-Ing Hans Jürgen Prömel from the Technical University in Darmstadt, the Prof Dr Dieter W. Heermann from the University of Heidelberg and Prof Dr Ing Chokri Cherif from the Technical University in Dresden contributed to the event.

Representatives from the successful Indian start-ups Clensta International (IIT in New Delhi) and VideoKen (supported by the IIIT in Bangalore) gave short presentations about their innovative concepts and how their university has provided them with the necessary infrastructure to launch their start-up.