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Indian foundation boss Murty still sees a lot of potential in the cooperation with the TU Dresden


Heiko Weckbrodt

Engineers from Dresden and Bangalore want to deepen their collaboration in biotechnology and nanotechnology, in IT training, in robotics and in information technologies. There is already a "deep scientific collaboration between the Indian Institute of Science" (IISc) in Bangalore and the TU Dresden and other partner institutions, "said the Indian billionaire and philanthropist Sudha Murty from the" Infosys Foundation "at an online lecture at the TU Dresden.

The focus is increasingly on the use of nanotechnology in the life sciences. "This is an extremely multidisciplinary and rapidly growing research area," said Murty, in which Indians and Germans could benefit from mutually complementary expertise. But she also promises a lot from the “New Passage to India” program, which is intended to promote the Indian skills of young German researchers. It is particularly important to her to involve women at all levels in this scientific collaboration, emphasized the former automotive engineer.

In her lecture, Murty focused, among other things, on the question of what women achieve in business and science and which resources female specialists and managers can release. In India and beyond, Sudha Murty is considered a prime example of a successful career in what was once a male domain: Born in Shiggaon in 1950, she studied engineering and computer science and was the first female engineer to be employed by the largest Indian automobile manufacturer, Tata. She made a career in business, but was also active in charities and as an author. She is chairman of the foundation of »Infosys Technologies«, one of the largest Indian software companies. The foundation supports poor children and families, especially in rural areas. Murty's online lecture at the TU Dresden was organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Indian Association Dresden. According to their information, India is now the second largest group of foreign students in Germany after China. Last year their number rose by a fifth. Around 3,000 Indians live in Dresden alone, estimated Dr. Avinash Chekuru from the Indian Association Dresden. Many of them study at the TU Dresden, others work as scientists, still others work in Dresden electronics companies, software manufacturers and other information technology (IT) companies.

Just then, PD Dr. Hans-Georg Braun, who heads a joint internationalization project with the IISc in Bangalore at the TU Dresden and who himself had taught in India for a time, still has many points of contact. “We can learn a lot from India when it comes to IT training,” he said. A lot is being done there, especially in the massive training of IT specialists. "And Bangalore in particular is a very important software hub in India," reported Braun. "A particularly fertile place for the IT industry is growing there, attracting international companies such as Bosch, Google and many others."

"I see Indian research institutions as important partners in the upcoming digitization, which is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind," says Prof. Ronald Tetzlaff, CTIO of the TU Dresden.

But the TU Dresden and the institutes in the southern Indian metropolis of Bangalore could also expand their cooperation in other specialist areas. Braun sees potential in Dresden's excellence research in real-time monitoring of production processes over long distances, in robot and software development, and in attempts to couple electronics and neural systems. ”

On the other hand, the Indian colleagues are very interested in DRESDEN-concept «, reports Hans-Georg Braun. This network is not only exemplary across Germany, but also arouses great interest internationally. "Bangalore in particular has many high-ranking institutes that can adapt models such as our DRESDEN-concept."

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Further information on this funding program at the DAAD
Indian Institute of Science: iisc.ac.in
Indian Association Dresden: iadresden.org

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