German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a 3 day visit to India with a high-ranking delegation of several senior ministers to take part in the third joint meeting of the cabinets of the two countries with trade and security among key issues to be discussed.
So as to strengthen its cooperation The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in association with India has decided to launch “Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education Programme (IGP)” on October 6, 2015.
Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly chaired the India-Germany inter-governmental consultations in New Delhi on Monday. During the third Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations, DAAD Vice President Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee und UGC Chairman Dr. Ved Prakash signed an MoU to this effect. This is amongst the 10 Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed between India and Germany. The Memorandum as signed at the Hyderabad House New Delhi
In the long run the “Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education Programme“ will witness India and Germany investing 3.5 million Euro each over a period of four years from 2016-2020. This in return will encourage and support cooperation between higher education institutions in each country.
If the data are to be believed then in the past four years, the number of Indian students studying in Germany has almost doubled to 11860. With this target, India forms the 2nd largest group of international students enrolled in Masters and PhD programmes at German universities. Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, Vice President, DAAD said, “Besides highlighting the attractiveness of Germany, these numbers also stand testimony to the excellent quality education imparted at Indian universities.”