6 Indian Institutes collaborate with Germany to form Joint Doctoral Training Group

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6 leading Indian higher educational institutes have come together to install first Joint Indian-German Research Training Group (RTG) on Bio Big Data Science. The institutes including IIT Gowahati, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur and universities including University of Allahabad, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University are together to promote the use of big data methods in biological applications.

The institutes and universities have partnered with the German based University, Heidelberg and Department of Biotechnology(DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

About the project

The Research Training Group will set up as many as 50 PhD projects, which will be supervised by leading Indian and German scientists. Dr. Karthik Raman, Associate Professor and Co-ordinator, Initiative for Biological Systems Engineering, IIT Madras said, ” Given the rich expertise in data science at the Initiative for Biological Systems Engineering (IBSE) and Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI) at IIT Madras, this initiative will be catalytic in developing strong collaborations with the University of Heidelberg in frontier areas of biological data analysis and to train future leaders in this emerging areas.”


The first funding of the program will be done between 2019 and 2025 with an investment of Euro 3 million from each of the two organising partners, Heidelberg University and Department of Biotechnology.

The first summer school under the program will be organised at Allahabad University from April 1-5, 2019. Parallel to the summer school, a networking workshop will be held to foster the formation of research tandems and the definition of new research projects.


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