Setting up cooperation with India – an overview
India is developing into a global player of the 21st century, and one with major economic and scientific potential – which also makes it an attractive partner for the Max Planck Society. Conversely, interest in Germany by young Indian junior scientists as well as in the Max Planck Society is also growing.
One more reason for putting the collaboration with India on a new footing. On October 6, 2004, Max Planck President Peter Gruss and State Secretary V.S. Ramamurthy, in the presence of the then Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the Indian Minister for Science and Technology M. Kapil Sibal, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi on the future scientific cooperation between the two countries. The contract provides various tools for strengthening the scientific cooperation between the Max Planck Society and research institutes in India.
The newly-established cooperation with India is turning into a success story: in 2016, more than 805 junior and guest scientists from India visited Max Planck institutes - a rise of more than 25% in the past six years. In terms of the international exchange of young scientists, this has made India one of the largest partner countries of the Max Planck Society. In 2016, almost every tenth foreign doctoral student at Max Planck institutes came from India. Many of them are involved in research as part of an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS). Indian doctoral students form the largest group of doctoral students at the IMPRS.
In addition, in 2016 there were 53 project cooperations between Max Planck institutes and research facilities in India, and offers, such as Partner Groups or Max Planck India Fellowships, are also developing successfully.
The Indo-German Max Planck-NCBS Center for Research on Lipids at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore was established in September 2011 as the second Max Planck Center in India. The Max Planck Center of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden is involved in this. The Center is co-financed by the MPG, the BMBF and the Indian Department of Science and Technology.
The Indo Max Planck Collaboration in Computer Science (IMPECS) is run as a collaboration by the Max Planck Institutes for Software Systems and Informatics since 2016. This cooperation has been successfully established as a Max Planck Center in 2010.