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Indo-German initiative to boost IT R&D in India

Posted: 28 Apr 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Indo-German  IT  R&D  Internet 

With the aim of fostering cooperation and forging new ties in promising areas such as embedded systems, Internet of things and services and green IT, the acatech—German Academy of Science and Engineering with backing and funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Indo-German Max-Planck Centre for Computer Science playing a crucial role have launched the "German-Indian Partnership for IT Systems (GRIP-IT) project. The Indo-German Max-Planck centre for computer science is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The kick-off workshop of the project was conducted at the SAP Labs in Whitefield, Bangalore.

The project will be headed by Henning Kagermann, president acatech, supervisory board member for WIPRO and former CEO SAP AG. "It is high time to adjust perceptions. India does not only stand for top production locations in the area of IT systems. Highly qualified workforces are also on a par with the best minds in R&D. The main objective of the project is to set up and build networks between German and Indian partners from industry and academia", said Henning Kagermann who has gained insights in both the German and Indian IT markets alike.

Facilitated by this project, India and Germany are venturing into the new area of working together in the field of IT. "We are truly glad to be a part of the GRIP-IT project. We believe this to be a momentous day for us as we help take a step further to foster and strengthen German-Indian cooperation within the field of IT systems" said professor Karsten Schulz, who is currently programme director, VP, and founder of SAP research centre Brisbane, Australia, and adjunct associate professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The German delegation will be organising various symposia and workshops across India to encourage German and Indian R&D, which will further help analyse specific non-technical hurdles regarding intercultural cooperation in the field of IT systems. The project is also expected to strengthen ties between the science academies in both countries.

Given the 2,700 German-Indian joint ventures set up since 1991, GRIP-IT shows promise of aiding the turning point in the academic sector, all the while reiterating Germany being India's most important trade partner within the European Union.

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