DAAD has an extensive network of Young Ambassadors, based in different cities of India and Germany. Young Ambassadors are students who have studied or carried out research at a university or research centre in Germany and are interested in promoting Germany as a destination for higher learning by sharing their experience of education or research in Germany with fellow students. They help inspire their fellows to study or research in Germany by answering questions, and by organizing events on and off campus.
DAAD Young Ambassadors 2017
Ajmal Hasan MA
PhD - Civil Engineering
I am from Melapalayam, Tirunelveli, currently as a Doctoral student at Institute for Structural Analysis, TU Braunschweig and focusing on the development of numerical damage models to investigate reinforced concrete structures. I did my MTech. in Structural Engineering from IIT Guwahati and my B.E. in Civil Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. I am a recipient of prestigious DAAD scholarships twice for my research stays in Germany - one for nine months under DAAD-IIT Masters Sandwich Model Scholarships 2011/12 and the other one for my Ph.D. under DAAD-PhD Scholarships 2014/15. From the beginning of my Master’s, I had a dream that my academic profile should be like a monotonically increasing graph over the years. My dream has finally become true through DAAD with the help of my professors. Learning is not only inside the institute/campus but also on the streets, supermarkets, and wherever we step in, we learn punctuality, discipline, and kindness from the people. I realized that Germany is not just a so-called "study destination", rather it is a club of various culture and people from various parts of the world. Apart from well-established infrastructures/top-class universities, free education and research facilities and funding, there are several other factors such as affordable costs of living, cleanliness of public places, health/child care facilities, one of the best public transportation facilities what I found in Europe and free local transportation for students are making Germany, a great place to study and research. For any query, please feel free to contact me.
Allmin Pradhap Singh Susaiyah
Semester Exchange - Biomedical Image Processing
When I got my scholarship award letter in August 2015, little did I know that it would become the most memorable seven months of my life. I got the opportunity to work on my master’s thesis at the RWTH Aachen University through the DAAD-IIT MSP programme. Pioneers in the area of Biomedical Engineering, the MedIT institute provided me with state of the art facilities to work on a path breaking research project. This and the immense help and support provided by my supervisors greatly boosted up my technical skills and prospects. But, the best part is yet to come. The biggest take homes when it comes to an exchange programme in Germany are the virtues and values you learn from its people. They are polite, dedicated, efficient, honest and punctual. I had the opportunity to experience it in person and was truly inspired by it. Almost everything in Germany is well planned, organized and structured. I have been there for just seven months and I would already consider it a second home, mainly because of many wonderful friends I made there. I was able to learn German language by interacting with my neighbours and colleagues who were always there to help and teach me. I had many first-time experiences in Germany such as carnival (chocolate overload), ice hockey, snow-fall and falling-on-snow (skiing). Germany being located at the heart of Western Europe, I could quickly travel to several other countries such as Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and France during the weekends. I had an exciting and enchanting time in Germany and I would definitely recommend and help students who would like to pursue their studies in Germany and experience the same.
Masters - Law
I graduated with Masters in International Business, Competition and Regulatory Law from Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany. I was awarded prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding - Dr. Angela Merkel Master’s Scholarship by DAAD to pursue the master’s course. I am presently working in the Competition Commission of India, New Delhi in the Legal Division as the Research Associate wherein I carry out research on various substantive and procedural law issues pertaining to effective enforcement of competition law and implementation of competition policy.
At Freie Universität, Berlin, which is one of eleven German elite universities in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, I primarily focused on competition law along with an array of substantive trade law and energy law courses. I also attended various training programs and engaging in various research activities enabled me to master research and writing skills.
I was fortunate to study in Germany, a country which has produced many noble laureates, scientists, thinkers, researchers, jurists etc. in the past and it continues to thrive on values of liberty, individuality, discipline and diversity of cultures.
As the recipient of the DAAD Dr. Angela Merkel Masters Scholarship, I want to create awareness and promote the scholarship and degree programs in European Law so that needy and deserving students can benefit from them. I have also founded a non-profit company named "Rise of Aspiring Individuals" which focuses on education and counselling. I seek to promote German higher education and strengthen Indo-German relations by facilitating exchange of students, professionals and people thereby increasing interaction, dialogue and information exchange between the two countries.
Masters - Architecture
Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste
To briefly introduce myself, I am a practising architect and a strategist. As an architect I specialise in Architecture & Performative Design which I mastered as a DAAD scholar at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main. After working for about four years in India and Germany I have recently co-founded a small practice in Mumbai. Before heading back to my home base during last Diwali, I also got trained as a design thinker at the D-School in Potsdam. As a strategist, I support businesses/start-ups and brands to develop Human Centric Designs and solutions and try to bridge the gap between design and strategy.
My three years of experience in Germany has been so exciting and vivid. Meeting people from over 40 countries, knowing them, their cultures, finding the links between us and understanding why some things work differently due to some reasons has all helped me grow as an individual. I have probably never been as close to my country as I have been during the time I spent in Germany. There is so much I have been able to extract from German life, culture and educational systems and look forward to spread and implement these ideas contextually into our systems here.
PhD - Urban Planning and Architecture
TU Darmstadt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
I am an architect & urban planner and currently enrolled in my PhD at IIT Roorkee. In 2013, I went to TU Darmstadt under DAAD-IIT Masters Sandwich Program which turned out to be one of the most enriching experiences of my life. The very conducive research environment in the university has taught me a lot and has helped me to realize my academic goals. Now when I look back and think about Germany I remember the warmth in people’s heart, their commendable work ethics and very open culture that accommodates all. I also remember their cities which are a harmonic amalgamation of historic, monumental and contemporary architecture, a beautiful experience for any architect. I am thankful to DAAD India for once again giving me the chance to give back to the mission as Young Ambassador. Enjoyed every bit of it last year and continuing with the same spirit.
Masters - Law
Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, University of Hamburg
I am a lawyer by profession, with a particular interest in Sports Law and a writer at heart, and Germany offered me the unique opportunity to explore both these sides during my time there. I pursued a Master’s in Law in Germany through the Jawaharlal Nehru- Dr. Angela Merkel Award for International Understanding. While the Master’s course was in the "Gateway to the World" – Hamburg, we had a preliminary German language course in Berlin. The language course broadened my horizons, opening the doors to an interesting culture, which I got the chance to explore along with several other batchmates from different corners of the world. The Master’s course offered insights into the European Union (EU) and European law, and the stimulating methodology adopted- ranging from class discussions, oral examinations, mock court sessions to trips to the various EU institutions, including the European Central Bank, the EU Commission and the European Court of Human Rights, was a bonus.
Dr Areejit Samal
PostDoc - Computational Systems Biology
MPI of Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
I am faculty member in the computational biology group at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai. At present, I am also Ramanujan fellow of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, Head of Max Planck Partner Group in Mathematical Biology, and Simons Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy. My chief research interests are in the area of systems modelling of metabolic networks.
After completing my Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD from University of Delhi, I preferred to start my Postdoctoral career at the Max Planck Institute of Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany due to my past experiences during conference visits to Germany. I am glad that German institutions provided me a conducive platform to develop into an independent researcher. Moreover, I enjoyed the emphasis on work-life balance in Germany. Hence, I cherish my professional and personal contacts in Germany and would like to encourage Indian students to pursue career in Germany.
B. Gautham Kumar
Masters - Lightweight Construction & Composite Technology
Germany is synonymous with engineering and innovation. The moment I got a call letter from Hochschule Augsburg, I was filled with excitement to learn engineering from the "Mecca for Engineers" a.k.a Germany. This was two and half years ago, and now I proudly have my Master’s Degree and loads of memories in this wonderful country. Attending a course with more than 60 percent German nationals gave me an opportunity to get a taste of the real German culture. Competing against them in the class and socializing with them outside, it was a perfect way to understand them inside out. The fierce positive competition inside the class with their hunger and thirst for knowledge and growth naturally helped me to step up a notch and motivated me to put in a lot of hard work. Socializing with them made me realize the harder you work, the more you need to relax. Within my friends were amateur pilots, avid riders, motorcyclists, and so on. This was also a clear indication on the level of importance that Germans give to their hobbies and interests. There were different clubs and various infrastructure available in the city to help pursue their dreams and choices. The social life outside the education is also attractive. Augsburg had everything to lead a perfect life like woods, lake, parties, football, ice hockey etc. The public transport throughout the country is well organized and efficient which not only made our travels easy but also a pleasure. A motivated student life along with a near perfect social life is what I got from my 2+ years of studying in Germany.
Babu Kumaran Nalini
Masters - Power Engineering
Technical University of Munich
I'm presently pursuing my graduate degree - Master of Science in Power Engineering (MSPE) from Technical University Munich, Germany. I'm a passionate electrical engineer with ardent interests in energy systems and power electronics. During the final phase of my undergrad, I had the thirst to enrich myself with further knowledge in my field of interests. I found Germany as one of the interesting and potential places to develop my education/career. Fortunately, I also had the opportunity to attend various DAAD events which gave me clear insights about the next steps.
To share some of my views about Germany - The land of Ideas: Irrespective of any degree and program one plan to opt for, there are few features which distinguish German education system to stand out globally. These include highly standardized curriculum, vastly reputed & experienced educationalists (professors), enormous student resources - top class laboratories, libraries, alumni network, language and pre-study programs, flexible pace of education, promoting extracurricular activities, respecting diverse cultural values, student friendly initiatives - education fee, start-up support, transportation, accommodation. Apart from the educational point of view, Germans are warm people. Personally, I found them very helpful, disciplined and sincere people. Overall, I feel Germany is the best place to gain valuable knowledge and as well have an enjoyable life. If there is anything any else, you would like to know, feel free to check my LinkedIn page or drop me an email. Happy to help!
Dinesh Krishna Natarajan
Exchange - Mechanical Engineering
Being a Bachelor’s student of Mechanical Engineering at PSG College of Technology - Coimbatore, I got the opportunity to pursue an exchange semester in Hochschule Esslingen (a partner university of my institution) during the Winter Semester 2016. The program involved the right mix of technical courses, cultural and industrial excursions, and free time to explore the country. Staying in a dormitory helped me to interact with more people from all corners of the world sharing our culture and ideologies. The technical and soft skills I garnered there have been propelling me in the right direction in building my career. Overall, my stay in Germany was like a cocktail of befriending people from all over the world, a shot of what it’s like to live on your own in a western country, learning new languages (in bits and pieces), cultures and values, a glimpse into the German academic and industrial sectors, and ultimately it made me appreciate our culture and traditions more. Not everyone could have experienced this before graduating their Bachelor’s degree and I am quite fortunate to have done so.
PhD - Bioinformatics
University of Heidelberg
I am a doctoral student currently enrolled at the University Of Heidelberg, Germany. My study areas include plant biology and evolution. I am originally from Mumbai, India. I have served as the president of HISA (Heidelberg Indian Students Association) and currently act as the advisor to the Board members. I have been part of TedxUniHeidelberg organizing team. I am also trying to contribute back to India through some non-profit projects via Centre for International Migration.
Experience in Germany - It’s been a wonderful experience so far from last three years. Studying and living in Germany has made me aligned with advanced technologies in my field. I have evolved to think more freely and understand the importance of accuracy and precision in a better way. I have become aware of healthy work life balance is one of the keys to success in German life style. I have also had great experience of hosting and organizing events for the Indian and local community in a German environment. I personally feel I have contributed and represented India in a minimum way through my work under Heidelberg Indian Students Association. Research in Germany and Universities in Germany are an excellent platform for researchers/students to excel and display their skills. Although criticism is a usual process in German society, yet I can now understand that criticism makes them an advanced society, so as to motivate people to do their work perfectly and keep raising the standards.
Masters - Automation & Robotics
Curious to unlock the opportunities, little did I know that a single application to a German University will take me to this Land of enchantment, Germany, known for its precision in Engineering and Technology, high-quality Educational system and its Universities' Global reputation, is also a Cultural hub to meet a lot of interesting and fun-loving amicable people from all walks of Life, to learn a new foreign language and a culture with a rich and invigorating history, socialize, travel, explore and make amazing memories for a Lifetime, apart from the innovative and research-oriented international study programmes. The flexible and suitable part- time jobs to make student-life easier, smart teaching techniques, organized administration, free tuition fees and the Semester ticket that covers state-wide public transportation, makes Germany an ideal place to stay and study. Germany is the best decision I've ever made for its plethora of opportunities to thrive, that's enriched me intellectually and culturally. I had played for Team Germany in Soft Tennis at few international events and have been a Tennis Trainer for students in my University and have played for a local club in the League. This has given me enough exposure and a fortune to know a lot of Germans, who're now my Family. I had an opportunity to live in Rome, Italy for ten months for my Master Thesis – thanks to Germany's collaborative projects with the other EU countries. With a Master’s degree in Automation and Robotics at TU Dortmund, I am currently employed at BMW AG, Wackersdorf. I am sure, Germany has got many such Life-changing opportunities in stock for all the international students, who strive to thrive. Explore, be Curious!
PhD - Space Science and Technology
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, University of Würzburg
As an Erasmus Mundus SpaceMaster graduate, I got a chance to study at the University of Würzburg and then did my following semesters at Sweden and France. Given the quality of industries and research institutions, I felt that Germany is a great destination for studies leading that lead into either industry or research. This made me come back to Germany in the last leg of my studies to work at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR) to complete my thesis. My stay at Germany at both the University of Würzburg as well as DLR Institute of Space Systems, Bremen gave me a holistic perspective of how being a part of excellent research institutions can develop deep learning with great collaborations, leading to developing state-of-the-art technology success stories backed by a historically profound academic foundation. As a PhD candidate Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, I continue to engage with German academia in Business Studies and enjoy engaging with students/researchers from across the world who wants to explore Germany as an academic destination.
Dr Partha Dabke
PhD - Medicine
Hannover Medical School, LMU
I am originally from Pune, studied Medicine from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University and am currently based in Hannover. My first visit to Germany in an academic capacity was for a clinical rotation in the Department of Pediatric Metabolic Medicine at the Hannover Medical School and now I am pursuing a PhD in the same department. Thus, from my very own experience I would say that establishing good personal and professional relations even in short time can go a long way in Germany. In 2014 I was awarded a fellowship by the DST, Govt. of India to participate in the 64th Nobel Laureate Meeting held in Lindau. The following year, I received a fellowship from the Care for Rare Foundation for a three-month research stay at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich. This variety of learning opportunities in Germany helped me take a vital career decision- pursuing the "Clinician Scientist" path. Germany is a great place for research overall, but particularly it also provides medical professionals with a host of opportunities to gain expertise in both clinical medicine and research. I attend the clinics once in a while as I want to do my residency in Paediatrics with a focus in the field of Metabolic Medicine later on. This is my second stint as a DAAD YA and I am happy to help students in India and in Germany in any way that I can.
Dr Parul Tomar
PhD - Biomedical Sciences
Max PlanckInstitute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg
I am a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics. I have a Master degree in Biological Sciences from Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, India. My research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic regulation in humans under normal and diseased conditions such as cancer and HIV. During my stay in Germany, I have enjoyed working on exciting problems in genetics in a stimulating scientific environment, where I have been able to build relationships with researchers from around the world, and employ state-of-the-art techniques in my research. I enjoy the atmosphere of Germany that encourages work-life balance, and have taken advantage of this by traveling extensively when not culturing cells in the lab.
Masters - Electronics and Communication Engineering
Pleasure reaching out to you through DAAD. Best education starts with DAAD and ends with DAD. Not only best quality in terms of teaching and areas of research which are very relevant today, but also futuristic. Everything at an affordable cost. If you had been a consistent performer, I am sure, one would be awarded with Scholarships.
I had graduated in Electronics and Communication and Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology. After preparing myself to study in Germany by acquainting myself with the language and culture through Goethe-Institut Chennnai, i started my Masters in Information and Communication Engineering, at Technical University of Darmstadt, which i have successfully completed too.
My Master’s thesis was in the field of Car2Car Communication. Besides working as a research assistant in the Institute of Microwave and Photonics.
Besides working on academics and research, I was actively engaged with international student organisations like AIESEC and started one on my own for helping Indian Students and working people.
The years I have spent in Germany had given me a lot of perspectives towards life and many friends who are like-minded from the other part of the world.
Finding my calling to be in India, I returned to work as a System Engineer with Atos India, Pune for around a year. It was a tough decision and it has taken time to get settled. Well, nothing is impossible if we put our dreams at first place.
Currently, I am working as a Project Management Associate for Scientific publishing services, a joint venture with Springer Publications Germany, which specialises in technical books and journals worldwide.
Exchange - Architecture, Urban Planning/Town Planning
KarlsruheInstitute of Technology
I am a practicing Architect and Urban Planner based in Delhi-NCR. DAAD gave me the opportunity to pursue a part of my Master’s thesis in Germany under the guidance of a wonderful mentor as part of the IIT-MSP Scholarship. The programme in itself was ideal, but what made the 7 months memorable was also a built-in language course to ease my stay in Germany. My thesis on "Planning for Garhmukteshwar as Green & Resilient Pilgrimage City" was helped greatly by this exposure to European planning, and case studies of Oktoberfest, Weihnachtsmarkt were invaluable to my study.
My experience living in Germany was enriching. The people in Germany were very welcoming, and the well-planned and efficient transport system made traveling a joy. Some of the places I visited include Eiffel Tower, Pantheon, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice City etc., places I had only read about while pursuing my architectural studies. The best thing was the Schengen Visa. Germany had something to offer to everyone – be it academics, adventure, friends from all over the world, or memories to last a lifetime.
Thank you DAAD for giving me an opportunity to give back some of the experiences earned in Germany!
Masters - Optics and Photonics
ABBE School of Photonics, Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena
During my Bachelors from Delhi University in Physics honours, I dreamt to pursue further studies from Germany because of its reputation in science and technology and no tuition fees. Apart from academics, I invested time in internship, research projects and learning language in order to apply for masters. In 2015, I finally moved to Germany when I was offered full scholarship at Abbe School of Photonics for masters. Currently I am working with Fraunhofer (Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering) for master thesis and work part time in German optics company as student assistant.
Apart from living conditions, I really admire Germany´s education and work culture. For an international student, I found this country very welcoming with warm people. The friendly atmosphere at work and university appealed me the most. I have immense gratitude to this wonderful country for giving me opportunity to earn while studying and living in heart of Europe. At the moment, I am applying for job and wish to settle in Germany after my studies.
Internship - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
KarlsruheInstitute of Technology
I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing my B.Tech degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh.
"Opportunity awaits to build what you truly want". One such life changing opportunity for me was when I got shortlisted for a six-month internship at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. Having carried out some research projects at my university level here, I had already developed a strong inclination towards pursuing it at a further level. My work at KIT, mainly focused on Synthesis and Characterisation of PhotoSwitchable SURGELs. The leading motivation behind this project was my inclination towards development of smart materials. Being the pivot of Europe, equipped with various economical and technological amenities, Germany offers immense opportunities to students from all realms, where students can exercise the liberty to opt from fairly diverse variety of institutions that cover a wide rand of academic profiles and confer different types of degrees. This internship has not only rendered me with new technologies and insights but has also opened across me the wide scope and opportunities this field offers. Besides the work culture, I made the fullest of these six months by travelling around Europe and meeting people. I, as a Young Ambassador, am eager to work as an interface between the German and Indian education system and would be gratified if with my experiences and efforts, my peers out here can get the exposure of the same level as I fortunately could.
Semester Exchange - Production Engineering
University of Applied Sciences Hof
I am Production Engineer by profession and graduated from University of Pune in 2016. My first association with Germany was during my third year in March 2015, when my college had established a student exchange program with University of Applied Sciences, Hof and I was chosen to be a part of it. As an engineering student, this was one of the most memorable experience which helped me broaden my career horizons. The liberty to choose subjects, more emphasis on practical applications and field visits for better understanding are some of the things that I liked as a student the most. During the end of my semester at Hof, I was further selected as an intern at a German company who was planning on making a market entry in India. After completing my internship and subsequently my bachelor's studies, I joined the same company in Germany. Presently, I am looking after the engineering operations with the business development team in India. Each experience in Germany: as a Student, an Intern and an employee has been enriching and only helped me to make a better version of myself. As a student, I traveled across 13 countries in Europe, each one which was unique in its own way! As an intern, I had an excellent opportunity to apply my knowledge and to work with latest technologies used in the Industry. As an employee, I've had a considerable exposure on internationalizing businesses in cross cultural environment. Each experience in Germany was unique in its way and I am thankful to have such interesting experiences at an early career stage of my life!
Srikanth Bhat Nandikoor
Masters - Management of Resources and Environment
TU Bergakademie Freiberg
I completed my bachelor studies in Hyderabad, India and after a brief stint in a company, I had the opportunity to study in Germany for my MBA degree. Creativity and innovation is a part of work culture here. Everyday I get to learn new things, be it on the streets or at work. The balance in work and life is what makes it unique to be here.
Internship - Electrical Engineering
Technical University of Munich
I am a final year B.Tech student in the Department of Electrical Engineering of NIT Durgapur. I got the opportunity to intern in the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the Hybrid Control Systems Group (HCS Group). I am thankful to DAAD for giving me such wonderful opportunity for international exposure. I was always fascinated by control systems and my research at TUM made me understand how complex the control logic can be in the real-world application. I was employed for synthesizing and implementation of the symbolic controller to solve complex LTL specifications for the Khepera-IV Robot using SENSE (SENSE is an open source software developed by the HCS Group). It was fun working with a Robot embedded with a lot of sensors. My guide was also very generous. I really liked the work environment and the method of sorting out problems through discussion. Apart from that, I also learnt cooking and obviously, credit goes to my mom for teaching me some of her simplest but effective recipes over the phone. I traveled almost entire Munich and some of the neighbouring countries too. Munich is a place where you can find all attractions of entire Europe except beaches. There was a hell lot of thing to see and enjoy. Accommodation crisis is the only patch in its beauty, I guess. The transportation was costly but was punctual enough. Overall, the last two months is really unforgettable, I will cherish them forever and would love to visit Deutschland again if any opportunity comes in future.
Masters - Computational Fluid Dynamics
I am currently finishing up my Master Thesis at the Helmholtz-Institut, Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI ERN is set up as part of Forschungszentrum Jülich). I work with the group which deals with the dynamics of complex fluids, interfaces and Rheological models and their working.
I studied Computational Engineering, majoring in Computational Fluid Dynamics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and live in Erlangen which is a small and a beautiful city in the north of Bavaria. My main mode of transport within the city is my cycle and quite healthy and cost-effective.
Erlangen is dominated by the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the numerous branch offices of Siemens AG, as well as a large research Institute of the Fraunhofer Society and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. It is also the birthplace of Georg Simon Ohm (Ω).
Germany is certainly the land of opportunities and, rich in its cultural heritage and history. But, when it comes to the sector of Engineering, Germany tops the charts in terms of ingenuity and perfection and consequently produces best quality products, be it cars or pens.
DAAD has been my first point of contact to understand Universities, courses, and Germany itself a little better and, I am sure I can actively encourage students to apply to research in Germany and clarify doubts/questions to the best of my abilities in cooperation with DAAD.
Internship - Biotechnology
University of Bielefeld
I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the Department of Biotechnology in Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi. I received the DAAD WISE Scholarship to pursue an internship for two months in the field of Molecular Biology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. My project focused on strain engineering for the production of Hydroxyectoine, which is a compatible solute used in nasal sprays in Corynebacterium glutamicum using techniques of Molecular Biology. I still remember letting out a whoop of joy on receiving the scholarship, and what followed was a journey filled with working and brainstorming with brilliant researchers, meeting new and exciting people, trying different cuisines and of course exploring Europe during the weekends- during my stay, apart from cities in Germany I explored Amsterdam, Prague, Switzerland and of course the mesmerising Paris! I do not have enough words to describe how these two months in Germany changed my outlook towards life and helped in broadening my horizons. I sincerely admire Germans for their work ethics, punctuality, their helpful nature and their attitude towards life- work hard during weekdays and party harder during weekends. My professor and colleagues encouraged and helped me throughout my project. As a Young Ambassador, I would be happy to help anyone who is interested in carrying out research in Germany, as it will help me in giving back what this country gave me- improving my academic acumen and building loads of beautiful memories!
Masters - Architecture
Being an Architect, pursuing practice as well as academics, my goal is to be an architectural practitioner who is involved in praxis of sustainable architectural production that combines the pragmatism of a professional practice with the academic discourse. I had the opportunity to be part of the IIT-DAAD Master's Sandwich Program for year 2014-15 for a seven-month exchange program at Technical University of Berlin. These seven months were the most amazing time I have ever witnessed. I completely fell in love with Berlin. Not only I gained exposure to latest technologies and architectural styles, but living in one of the cleanest and vibrant cities of the world enriched my personal and professional life with experiences. The research in Germany is known for its excellence but the academic process exceeded my expectations. Pursuing my interest in sustainable architectural design incorporating landscape, while studying at TU Berlin, I took several courses in Architecture, Design and German language that helped in my research. The research facilities in German universities, the formal and informal interactions between peers, group discussions and presentations, all provided an excellent environment for research. The teachers and professors were very encouraging, accommodating and gave insightful reviews during research work and discussions. Germany is also a great place to witness the architectural works of many great architects and thus learning by case examples was even more beneficial. To be able to interact with students from various nations and cultures has broadened my thinking horizon. The seven months that I have spent in Berlin, were truly memorable. The entire experience of studying and working in an organized-punctual setting has truly given me learning and benefited me for lifetime. Deutschland is truly the land of ideas and opportunities.
Exchange - Water Resources Engineering and Management
Technical University of Munich
I am currently a Ph.D. Research Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. I got the opportunity to pursue a part of my Masters Thesis at Technical University Munich during the Winter Semester (2016-2017) under the DAAD-IIT Masters Sandwich Programme while I was at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Once I got to Germany, it took less than a few hours to adjust to my new surroundings. Everything was well planned and gave a new dimension to the word "ORGANISED". The seven months of interaction with the research group and experiencing an independent life was enriching at many unique levels. To add to this, having a friend circle from a diverse group has helped me learn a bit about the different cultures from all around the world. The "Bavarian-Way-Of-Life" was so simple and perfect, Munich’s transport system was not only efficient but also excellent which gave me the chance to traverse the length and breadth of the city, exploring the uncountable Biergartens and breath-taking landscape in the suburbs with castles nestled in between. The Englisher Garten which offered a great view from my Studentenwerk WG at Studentenstadt, was always there to distract me when the workload got too much to handle. I got to discover a new-found hobby – Cooking, which I learnt from scratch, this gave me the opportunity to feed my multi-national apartment-mates who now love spicy Indian food.