Pursuing their passion

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These young scientists are Germany-boundto pursue their research.

Deutschland beckons:DAAD 2013 fellows at the orientation and language course.
Deutschland beckons:DAAD 2013 fellows at the orientation and language course.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) annually offers fellowships for Indian students for research and study at universities and research institutes in Germany. Selected candidates are eligible for fully funded all-inclusive research scholarship.

This year, nine researchers from South India were selected for the various levels of fellowships.

These students were in Chennai for their German language training, which is part of the scholarship.

Candidates send in their application along with their research proposal and also acceptance letter from the partnering German university in July. Shortlisted candidates are invited for personal interview in New Delhi.

“This interview is conducted by a three-member panel comprising, a German professor, an Indian professor and a representative from the DAAD,” says Franziska Lindhout, information officer, DAAD, Chennai. But the DAAD has no role in the selection process, she says.

Ponnurangam G. Ganesan, who had registered for PhD in remote sensing at IIT-Bombay, a recipient of the fellowship, is jubilant that he got the opportunity to work in German Aerospace Centre for this research.

“They are the world leaders in my sphere of research and I will be exposed to the cutting-edge technology over there.”

Mock interview

Anand Ramani, from Manipal Univeristy, who has completed his course in medical pharmacology, is very thankful to his guide in Germany at the University of Koln.

“My German professor went out of his way to help me in writing my proposal. Not just that, he also conducted several rounds of mock DAAD interview via Skype,” he says.

He will be heading to University of Koln to pursue research in the field of centrosome biology. For Balakumaran P. Athiyaman, it was an entirely different experience at the DAAD interview that took place in New Delhi.

Pursuing his research at the Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Balakumaran was also working as RJ in Rainbow FM in All India Radio, Chennai. One of his most popular programme was Maathiyosi .

“When the panel got to know that I am an RJ they were asking me questions only about that. Questions on my research were minimal,” he chuckles. He has been accepted by the Aachen University to research on yeast metabolic engineering.

All details pertaining to DAAD 2013 scholarship at:

The deadline for submission of applications is July 31.



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