The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) , a joint initiative by the Department of Science & Technology (DST),Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany was established to facilitate Indo-German R&D networking through substantive interactions among government, academia/research system and industries, thus fostering innovation for overall economic and societal developments in both the countries. Through its various funding program, IGSTC intends to catalyse innovation centric R&D projects by synergising the strength of research/academic institutions and public/private industries from India and Germany.

IGSTC envisions to

  • Advance industrial research partnership with mutuality of interest and respect
  • Create platform for cross fertilization of ideas
  • Develop knowledge networks for industrial sectors to enhance competitiveness
  • Establish joint knowledge pools to address global challenges
  • Serve as a nerve centre to promote Indo-German technology partnership

IGSTC is registered in India as a “society” under Societies Registration Act. The Centre is guided by a Governing Body comprising of equal number of members from India and Germany with representation from government, academia and industry.

Objectives of IGSTC

The overarching principle of strengthening Indo-German R&D networking has opened up enormous challenges and opportunities. The main objectives set out for IGSTC therefore are

  • Playing a proactive role in facilitating participation of industry in joint R&D projects
  • Providing/assisting in mobilising resources to carry out industrial R&D projects
  • Promoting electronic exchange and dissemination of information on opportunities in bilateral science and technology cooperation. The Centre will also prepare/compile state-of-the-art reports on topics of interest with the help of highly qualified scientists and technologists, one from each country
  • Providing individual advice to institutes and industries from both the countries on the possibilities of Indo-German cooperation and helping in the identification of suitable partners
  • Facilitating and promoting Indo-German bilateral collaborations in basic and applied science, research and technology through substantive interactions among government, academia and industry
  • Encouraging public-private partnerships (PPP) to foster elements of research, development and innovation, and cultivating a culture of cooperation between science and industry
  • Nurturing contacts between young and mid-career scientists and technologists to develop a sense of mutual trust, partnership, leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Developing cooperation through the identification of scientists and scientific institutions of both the countries