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New Delhi, February 3, 2010
The Indo-German Max Planck Centre on Computer Science (IMPECS) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, which will engage in collaborative basic research in computer science between scientists of the two countries, was inaugurated here today.
The facility was inaugurated by German President Horst Koehler, who is on a week-long state visit to India, and Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Prithviraj Chavan.
Dr. T Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Prof Peter Gruss, President, Max Planck Society, Germany and Prof Surendra Prasad, Director, IIT, Delhi were amongst those present at the function.
The concept of setting up the centre in India was first discussed during the visit of the German Chancellor to India in October, 2007.
An official press release said the centre would engage researchers from institutions such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay and IIT Madras from the Indian side and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MP-INF), Saarbruecken from the German side.
It will serve as a bridge between the computer scientific communities of the two countries and act as centre of excellence for faculty and students from both sides, the release said.
The research areas envisaged for the centre include Algorithms and Complexity, Database and Information Retrieval, Graphics and Vision and Networking.
The release said the centre would benefit both countries. The major benefits for India would be further strengthening of the research base in Computer Science that would develop expertise of highest calibre needed by academia and industry. Germany would benefit through improved collaboration with leading Indian scientists and a highly visible outpost with a professional environment and a large pool of young talent.
The centre has been set up jointly by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and the Max Planck Society under the overall aegis of the Indo-German S&T Cooperation programme for an initial duration of five years at a total cost of approximately Rs.12 crores from the Indian side and approximately Euros 2 million by the German side, the release added.