The DAAD Regional Office in New Delhi office, established in 1960, promotes academic exchange between Germany and India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It provides information about education in Germany, grants scholarships to students, invites scientists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to Germany as well as those from Germany to these countries, and supports bilateral research projects.
The DAAD network in the region includes Information Centres in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Dhaka and Colombo, DAAD Lecturers and Language Assistants at selected universities and institutions in India, DAAD Young Ambassadors, DAAD Research Ambassadors, numerous alumni clubs with over 5000 former scholarship holders.
The DAAD Regional Office New Delhi has close ties with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Education , Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), University Grants Commission (UGC), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) among others. It is responsible for the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) - New Delhi.
Focus areas of the DAAD for the region encompassing Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka include:
- Scholarships for young academicians and scientists
- Promotion of university co-operations
- Promotion of German language and literature
- Alumni networking
- Promotion of study and research in Germany