Staff Reporter

The city emerging as science capital of India: V-C

  • The State capital accounts for 50 per cent bulk drug exports from the country
  • Andhra Pradesh is the first State to announce a biotech policy

    HYDERABAD: Hyderabad has become the chosen city of German Research Foundation (DFG), a prestigious German central public funding organisation, to open its branch after Delhi in the country.

    DFG, with a budget of 1.4 billion euro for promoting research in Germany and encouraging international collaboration in science and humanities, has set up five branches in the world so far -- Washington, Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and now Hyderabad.

    The Association for German Culture (Goethe Zentrium), Nampally, set up in city two years ago, to promote German language and culture, will serve as an outreach for the DFG.

    Giving the details to media persons here on Tuesday, DFG Vice-President H. Hacker said that apart from promoting research in Germany, DFG fostered scientific excellence through competition, advised parliaments and public authorities on science and research issues and supported young researchers world over.

    "India is an upcoming country not only as an economic power but also in science and technology and it is time research collaboration is stimulated between India and Germany in a big way. The DFG branch in city will facilitate it," Dr. Hacker said.

    The DFG-DST and DFG-INSA agreements would help future joint collaborative efforts.

    University of Hyderabad Vice-Chancellor Seyed E. Hasnain said Hyderabad was chosen by DFG as the city was emerging as science capital of India.

    It accounted for 50 per cent bulk drug exports from the country and has about 40 research institutes funded by various central organisations. Andhra Pradesh was the first State to announce a biotech policy, set up Biotech Park where Phase I was fully occupied, phase II fully allotted while allotment was on for the third phase.

    The Consul General, Delhi, Heinz Kopp, said South India contributed for 40 per cent of Indian economy and Hyderabad with several positive features was chosen to represent South India.

    Extend support

    Later inaugurating the branch, Dr. Hacker called for intensifying Indo-German academic and research collaboration.

    He said the cooperation remained one-sided with more Indian scholars visiting Germany than their counterparts coming here.

    He said under a new scheme, DFG would extend support to young German researchers to undertake research projects in India.