German Academic Exchange Service

Welcome to DAAD India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

What is DAAD? - DAAD stands for "Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst", also known as German Academic Exchange Service. DAAD is a joint organisation of German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Our aim is to promote academic co-operation world wide, especially through the exchange of students, scholars, academics, and scientists...

School of Architecture and Planning (SPA) – Delhi

…The School of Plannning and Architechture is a specialized University, only one of its kind, which exclusively provides training at various levels, in different aspects of human habitat and environment... The School of Planning and Architecture had a modest beginning in 1941 as a Department of Architecture of Delhi Polytechnic. It was later affiliated to the University of Delhi and integrated with the School of Town and Country Planning which was established in 1955 by the Government of India to provide facilities for rural, urban and regional planning...

University of Delhi

…The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty. The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly....

University of Cologne

…The University of Cologne is committed to research and development. The many projects being promoted by the German Research Foundation and the European Union at the university of Cologne, underline its reputation on an international level. Additionally, over 250 institutions, which cooperate with the university of Cologne, guarantee the support of teaching and research. The research strategy of the university therefore enforces and develops the work of interdisciplinary research centres and supports collaboration with international academic and industrial partners...

Institute of Environment and Research (BVIEER), Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune

…The BVIEER is a unique educational and research institution for several reasons. Its major thrust is to spread the message of the need for pro-environmental action in society at large through a dual strategy of formal and non –formal integrated set of activities. There is no other well known Institution that caters to the need of Environment Education at all levels –PhD, M.Sc and Diploma level with a major outreach school environment education program. This great range of integrated academics, research and outreach programs is a unique feature which greatly strengthens the academic initiatives.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

…Several Centres in these Schools have been declared by the UGC to be Centres of 'Excellence'. These are Centre for Historical Studies, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Centre for Political Studies, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, all in the School of Social Sciences. In addition three Science Schools--School of Physical Sciences, School of Life Sciences and School of Environmental Sciences have also received the UGC recognition as Centers for Excellence.

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM)

Mission Statement: The aim is to encourage reforms and fast track planned development of identified cities. Focus is to be on efficiency in urban infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms, community participation, and accountability of ULBs/ Parastatal agencies towards citizens.

India Urban Portal (PEARL)

India Urban Portal is a knowledge collaborative platform that enhances the availability of quality urban information. The goal is to provide an entryway (portal) to urban information, and creates a network, community and resource that provide qualified, trusted, and verifiable information and contacts.

  • Section Search: The site provides information under different sections like Best Practices, Projects, JnNURM, Reforms, etc. to support cities with recent and updated information as the best source for integrated urban management and related information.
  • Network Search: The site shall also contain information on all selected JNNURM cities to actively network among themselves for cross learning and knowledge sharing (As the site is being constantly updated this information shall be available soon). 
  • Metadata Database: Resources found on the web (organisations, data/ resources, news/events, links, sectors, publications, books, films, photos etc.) have been identified and cataloged for ready reference, which allows information to be searched, based on resource type, geographic location, keywords, etc.

GTZ in India

The following are the priority areas for cooperation with India:

  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Environmental policy, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
GTZ cooperates with the central government and various state agencies. Further, GTZ International Services works on behalf of international organisations.

Eco-Cities Programme India

The Need for EcoCities The urban areas in India today have several challenges to face. There is overcrowding and haphazard growth of our cities and towns. The major challenges are related to land use conflicts, deteriorating environmental quality, pollution problems, pressure on natural resources, socio-economic issues including industry, trade & commerce, sanitation, health, slums and livelihood, issues related to water and energy, and issues related to finances and revenues of the municipalities. The socio-economic, living and sanitary conditions of the bulk of the urban populace are deplorable. The urban services are poor. Drainage and sewerage are inadequate and often faulty with sewage finding its way into the storm water drains or leaking into water lines. The landfills are becoming potential hubs of disease and infection...

ASEM – Advisory Service for Environmental Management

ASEM is a joint programme of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests India and Germany agreed that environmental management is an important area in the framework of bilateral development co-operation. Environment is one of the most important areas in the Indo-German bilateral relations, especially in areas where Germany has comparative advantage with focus on knowledge transfer, technology transfer, exchange of experiences and demonstration projects. To enhance the success of the previous joint work, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India (MoEF) decided to work in a structure called Advisory Services in Environment Management. The structure is within the scope of the bilateral negotiations between the Republic of India and the Federal Republic of Germany…

South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg

The South Asia Institute (SAI) is an interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching on South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). As a central academic institute of Heidelberg University, its role is to advance cross-cultural knowledge and understanding by combining social sciences with the humanities. As such, the institute is the only one of its kind in Germany. The Institute maintains close links with research centres in Asia, Europe and America. Extensive field research is carried out in South Asia, usually in cooperation with local scholars. The SAI hosts visiting scholars and fellows, and maintains bilateral exchange programmes with the countries of the region. The Indian government and the federal state of Baden-Württemberg both grant fellowships for visiting scholars.

World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for South East Asia (SEARO)

The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Vision (India): Build a strong, proactive, technically excellent and dedicated WHO country team, part of a global network; provide leadership in health; and collaborate with governments, civil society and other partners. Provide technical expertise in public health through partnerships with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; state and local governments; development and other partners; and civil society; with focus on:

  • Promoting health as a fundamental human right, and working to place health as an integral part of sustainable socio-economic development for the people of India
  • Proactive and committed leadership in public health
  • Mobilizing, developing and optimally utilizing human and financial resources and promoting conducive working environments

Heinrich Böll Foundation, India

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies. To achieve our goals, we seek strategic partnerships with others who share our values. We are an independent organisation, that is, we determine our own priorities and policies. The mandate of the Foundation's work in India include:

  • To support enhanced commitment to democratic processes and social innovation, ecological solutions and sustainable development
  • To support, facilitate and contribute to civil society engagement, participation, and intervention
  • To provide a forum for open debate and promote dialogue between politics, business, academia, and society v
  • To support and promote respect for the rule of law and democratic participation
  • To ensure that the debates of opinion shapers, decision makers and the general populace reflect comprehensively different perspectives and new assessments of ground realities
  • To place gender as a cross-cutting issue in all measures and programmes.

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, India Office

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit, NGO supported by the Government of Germany. The FES aims at strengthening democratic structures, promoting training and policy-oriented research programmes in Germany and in cooperation with partner organizations in more than 100 countries across the globe. Democracy, justice and solidarity are the guiding principles of the activities of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Striving for equal rights for women and men is an inalienable principle within this context. To uphold the values of Social Democracy as conceived by Friedrich Ebert, the India office of FES collaborates with policy-makers, academic and research organizations, trade unions, and NGOs in India. Facilitating discussions on crucial issues related to the development process in India is the main objective of FES India work. This is done by providing a platform for interaction at the State, National and South Asia level Currently, the activities undertaken by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in India fall under the following subject areas:

  • Women’s empowerment
  • Enhancing regional cooperation
  • Supporting participatory and good governance
  • Advocating independence and responsibility of media at the national and regional level
  • Empowering of disadvantaged groups
  • Supporting civil society activities for social reconstruction after the Tsunami

Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

The AHK Indien or the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1956. Today, we are with over 6700 members the largest AHK and the largest Chamber of Commerce in India. We have built up a strong local presence with our head-office in Mumbai, branch offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune and a liaison office in Düsseldorf (Germany). As the primary contact for Indian and German companies who want to start doing business with the respective other country, we enhance the bilateral economic relations between India and Germany. AHKs fulfil three main tasks on their locations. That is: 1. Official Representation of German Companies AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as business location. 2. Member Organisations AHKs are member organisations for companies actively involved in the bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations. 3. Service Providers to Companies Under the brand “DEinternational” AHKs provide services to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.

Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

The basic purpose of establishing this Institute was to undertake such academic activities as would enhance the leadership qualities and managerial capabilities of the executives in the government and other public service organization. Its main objectives are: to promote and provide for the study of public administration and economic and political science with special reference to public administration and the machinery of government and for educational purposes incidental there to:

  • to undertake, organize and facilitate study courses, conferences and lectures and research in matters relating to public administration and the machinery of government.
  • to undertake and provide for the publication of journals and of research papers and books, and
  • to maintain information services to facilitate the study of public administration and spreading information in regard thereto.

Delhi Development Authority (DDA)

The Delhi Development Authority, under Section 6 of the Delhi Development Act, 1957 has been given the following Charter: "To promote and secure the development of Delhi according to the plan and for that purpose the Authority shall have the power to acquire, hold, manage and dispose of land and other property, to carry out building, engineering, mining and other operations to execute works in connection - with supply of water and electricity, disposal of sewage and other services and amenities and generally to do anything necessary or expedient for purposes of such development and for purposes incidental thereto." In simple words, the Charter of DDA, as ratified by the Act of 1957, lists the objectives of the Authority as:

  • To formulate a Master Plan for covering the present and future growth of Delhi and to promote and secure the development of Delhi according to the plan covering all the possible activities.
  • To acquire, hold, manage and dispose of land and other property.
  • To carry out building, engineering, mining and other operations.
And, to provide services and amenities incidental to the above

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi

The Faculty of Management Studies focuses on management education more than just business management. The commitment is thought leadership with a deep understanding of business. The approach to pedagogy combines fieldwork, case studies and instrumented feedback with a strong emphasis on concepts and theory. The intent is to encourage intellectual curiosity and open minds to the adventure of ideas.

Delhi School of Social Work (Department Of Social Work), University of Delhi

The Department of social work, University of Delhi (formerly known as Delhi School of Social Work) is the second Institute of social work established in India. Social Work education and training is responsible for developing manpower for different fields of Social Welfare. It emphasizes on practices that develop amongst its students the conviction of equality, social justice, socialism, universalism, and commitment to national integration. Social Work profession is based on the philosophy of humanitarian considerations, liberalism, and democratic values. Within the ambit of this philosophy social work methods have been developed and practiced. The social workers are trained for providing advocacy and must be able to mobilize people for participatory development and render services to the needy through methods of casework, group work, and community organization. The curriculum so developed helps students understand the consequences of social change and empowers them for intervention within the existing social infrastructure in a scientific manner.

MegaCity TaskForce of the International Geographical Union

"The mission is to apply geographic expertise to problems of megacities and to the theory underlying the principles, knowledge, and methods employed in solving megacity problems. The task force should focus primarily on issues of continental and global scale, and on the restructuring of urban life over the long term, with particular reference to global change in environmental systems and the globalisation of economy, politics, and society. It will work in collaboration with relevant international scientific unions and with relevant IGU commissions and study groups." (quoted from the mission statement received from Ron Abler in 1998)

Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

CPR is an independent and non-partisan research institute and think tank. Its main objectives are to provide thought leadership and creative solutions to address pressing intellectual and policy issues. It is one of the 27 national social science research institutes recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India. It is set apart by its multi-disciplinary approach and unique blend of scholarship and practical expertise. CPR’s faculty have considerable impact on policy and public debates.

Nath Viswambhar and Aggarwal Surinder K. (Ed.) (2007): Urbanization, urban development, and metropolitan cities in India

Nath Viswambhar and Aggarwal Surinder K. (Ed.) (2007): Urbanization, urban development, and metropolitan cities in India. ISBN8180694127. 396 pages

Frauke Kraas, Ulrich Nitschke (2008): Mega-urbanisation and Global Change in Asia: Processes, Problems and Perspectives Mega-urbanisation and global change Megacities,3 as new phenomena of worldwide urbanisation, are gaining more and more importance as junctions of globalisation processes and governance centres in a world increasingly dominated by cities. New are not only the hitherto unknown dimensions and developmental dynamics of population growth and urban sprawl and the high concentrations of population, infrastructure, economic power, capital and decisions, but above all also the simultaneous and overlapping nature of the diverse ecological, economical, social and political processes with their multitude of interacting and partially self-enhancing acceleration and feedback effects.

Dr. Reena Singh (2009): Wastewater Problems and Social Vulnerability in Megacity Delhi/India

Wastewater management including sewerage and sanitation has a direct influence on environmental and public health security. Today, risk pertaining to inadequate wastewater disposal and sanitation facilities is one of the major threats faced by city dwellers. Delhi, with around 15 million populations generates more than 3,987 million liters of wastewater per day, out of which only 47% gets treated, using about 63% of the total treatment capacity. About 50% of its population lives in informal settlements ...

K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, Co-Author: Amitabh Kundu (2005): Handbook of Urbanization in India

This book comprehensively analyses urbanization trends in India using, for the first time, the 2001 Census data. It looks at definitional problems of the identification of urban settlements for comparative analysis. The realistic quantification of migration, its share of urban growth in image cities, the role of small and medium towns, and growth of large urban agglomerations are also considered.

Pranati Datta (2006): Urbanisation in India Urbanization is an index of transformation from traditional rural economies to modern industrial one. It is a long term process. This paper endeavors to illuminate on the process of urbanization in India over a century with emphasis on level, tempo of urbanization and urban morphology using Indian Census data during 1901-2001. It will try to trace urban problems and related policy issues…

Indo-German Environment Forum in New Delhi