Indo-German Centre for Sustainability

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Malin Praktiknjo

Projektkoordinatorin Indo-German Centre for Sustainability


+49 241 80 90676



The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, IGCS for short, was opened at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai (IIT Madras) in 2010, at the initiative of the German and Indian governments. In addition to IIT Madras, the German TU9 universities and the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU) are also involved in the project.

RWTH Aachen, which has had a partnership with IIT Madras since 1959, is responsible for the centre's organization on the German side.

The IGCS is funded through the DAAD initiative "A New Passage to India" by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Next Summer School

The next summer school, "Coastal and River Hazards & Management Strategies", will take place on July 14-25, 2018, at RWTH Aachen University.



IGCS' research focus is on sustainability projects in the fields of water and waste management, land use and sustainable urban development and energy. Two defining features of the IGCS are transdisciplinary research and German-Indian academic exchange.

The centre simultaneously serves both as a platform for research and as an educational institution for students, doctoral candidates, and scientists, and as a hub for further networking in the topic of sustainability.

About 460 students and researchers from both countries have had the opportunity so far to successfully participate in summer and winter schools, symposia, and research stays to establish research co-operations and networks. Local and global insights are equally important. Here you can find some testimonials of people and projects receiving funding at the IGCS.

The collaboration between industry and science is reflected in the IGCS Research School for Sustainable Power Engineering at the IIT Madras, funded by the company Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen in Regensburg.

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