Under the INSA (Indian National Science Academy)–DFG MoU, which was signed in 1992, over 550 Indian scientists have visited German universities and research institutions and have carried out scientific research with their German colleagues.
Under the DST-DFG Lindau Programme a group of young Indian students and researchers participate in the Annual Nobel Laureates Meeting held in Lindau, Germany, every year. This programme has been successfully running since 2001.
After the first week at Lindau the group gets the opportunity to visit some of the premier research institutes and universities in Germany. The weeklong trip organized by the DFG India Office provides a unique opportunity to experience the research environment in Germany through presentations by the faculty, visits to the laboratories as well as through personal interactions with students from India already working in these institutes.
The programme does not end after the close of the second week. Once the participants are back in India DFG tries to maintain contact with the group by forming an alumni circle. Through the active participation of the alumni DFG has been able to keep the group alive.
A total of 348 students and young scientists have participated in this programme until now. There have been 5 batches from Physics (2001, 2004, 2008 2012 and 2016), 4 batches from Chemistry (2002, 2006, 2009 and 2013), 4 batches from Physiology and Medicine (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014) plus three batches from all of the afore mentioned disciplines (2005, 2010 and 2015).
Out of these 348 students, 166 are currently based in India, 56 in the USA, 14 in Germany, 13 in other European countries and 99 in other parts of the world.
The Delhi based alumni have formed a separate alumni group and meet at periodic intervals.