The Centre has entered into its second phase with the Joint Declaration signed on 5th October 2015 between India’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany granting it an extension to 2022 and beyond. It also provides for doubling of its bilateral funding to 8 million Euros (around 60 Crore Rupees) per year. On 2nd February 2016, Indian Prime Minister who chaired the Cabinet Meeting was apprised of the signing of the joint declaration at ministerial level.
"Both sides declared their intent to promote closer R&D Cooperation in science, technology and innovation, in particular through extending the tenure of the bi-national Indo-German Science & Technology Center in India with appropriate resources."
“IGSTC will emerge a new joint path for cogeneration of values to people of both countries through innovation led manufacturing.”
‐Dr. T Ramamsami,
“It is for the first time that Germany has created such a centre together with another country. We have done so because we knew that India has excellent scientists and the best know how. For the first time, we have the chance to not only provide an impetus to new ideas and concepts, but also produce them.”
‐Mr. Thomas Rachel,
Parliamentary State Secretary, BMBF
IGSTC was formally established and registered as a Society under Societies Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860, Punjab Amendment Act 1957) as extended to Delhi. Thus, June 2010 is considered as the “Birthday” of IGSTC.
The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) in India with matching contribution of 2 million Euros per year for next five years on 25th March 2010. The Centre would be registered as a “Society” under the relevant Act.
"The new Indo‐German Science and Technology Centre will make an important contribution towards strengthening collaboration between science and industry and accelerating the translation of research results into new products, processes and services it will help us to jointly master the challenges of the future for the benefit of both our countries."
--Ms. Annette Schavan
Minister of Education and Research
“Both sides will work towards setting up of an Indo‐German Science, Research & Technology Centre.”