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DAAD Young Ambassadors

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 a 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.

 

Abhishek Mittal
Masters - Life Sciences/Medicine
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
ya.abhishek@daadindia.org

Profile - Abhishek

I am currently pursuing my Masters in Medicine from VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India. I did an International Research Fellowship at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It is an institute of excellence in Germany for research. I worked in the areas of oncology and tuberculosis. The fellowship was supported by the Charite-University and DFG - German Research Foundation.

Germany is a great place for research and studies. It provides an excellent platform for researchers and students to learn new skills, engage in stimulating discussions and promote healthy exchange of ideas. Germany is a technological leader with most advanced scientific equipments and state-of-the-art research facilities. There are great opportunities in Germany to gain expertise in both clinical medicine and basic sciences research. During my stay in Germany, I enjoyed working on exciting problems in cancer research. The professors and fellow researchers were extremely kind and cooperative and assisted me in familiarising with the German research methodologies.

I, as a Young Ambassador, would be more than happy to help strengthen the Indo-German relations and promote higher education in Germany encouraging multi-cultural dialogue. Feel free to contact me for research, studies or life in Germany.

Akash Lodha
Masters - Business Administration & Engineering
HTW - Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin
ya.akash@daadindia.org

Profile - Akash

If you are reading this and are thinking about studying or conducting research in Germany, then you, my friend, have come to the right place. I can say this with conviction because this is exactly where I started. I researched universities, courses, curricula and was baffled with what Germany has to offer in terms of higher education. My experience of studying and living in Germany was amazing and one that I will never forget.

After completion of my Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and working in India for about two years, I decided to pursue my Masters in Business Administration & Engineering from HTW Berlin. Studying in Germany gives you an edge over the competition with its practical approach, international and intercultural exchanges, and knowledge of trending topics in the industry. It provides great exposure and opens up many opportunities. I currently work with Bosch in Pune. My education in Germany helps and largely contributes to my current work profile.

Apart from studying and working in Germany, I did enjoy traveling around Europe, learn new cultural perspectives and make some of the best friends.

I will be glad to use this platform to help you in your journey. Good luck!

Amandeep Singh
Masters – Mechanical Engineering
RWTH Aachen
ya.amandeep@daadindia.org

Profile - Amandeep

A big thanks to DAAD for extending me the opportunity to serve as a DAAD young Ambassador. To briefly introduce myself, I am currently pursuing Masters from RWTH Aachen in CAME - Computer Aided Conception and Production in Mechanical Engineering. Also, I am working as a student research assistant at IAM Aachen. I feel studying in Germany is an overall learning experience which will bring the best out of you. Students get opportunities like working with renowned researchers & observing their ways of working, meeting new and excited people from different countries having various cultural backgrounds, trying different cuisines and of course, exploring Europe during weekends.

Apart from technical advancement, Germany has also provided me the opportunity to practice human values which are indeed essential in life. As a Young Ambassador, I hope this experience helps me network with young ignited minds and encourage and guide them to pursue their dreams in Germany. I would be more than happy to answer all the queries related to the education system & life in general in Germany. Feel free to contact me.

Aniket Choudhari 
Masters - Process Engineering & Energy Technology
Hochschule Bremerhaven
ya.aniket@daadindia.org

Profile - Aniket

I come from the centre of India, orange city – Nagpur in Maharashtra. I completed my Masters in Process Engineering and Energy Technology from Hochschule Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven is a beautiful port city on Germany’s North Sea coast with unpredictable weather and a lot of wind. Before my masters, I graduated from Vishwakarma Institute of Information technology, Pune in Mechanical engineering and subsequently worked for a year in the automotive industry. During that time I started developing interest in renewable and clean energy technologies. It is well know that Germany is GOD for automobile but at the same time it is a great place for CleanTech with millions spent on R&D and high quality research carried out in German universities.

I did my master thesis in Power2Gas from Energy Transition Center (EnTranCe) Groningen, Netherlands and had 6 months of Dutch experience. I received Erasmus+ scholarship for my master thesis work. These types of funding schemes motivate studenta for mobility within EU for research work.

Apart from studies I was very active socially and culturally; I got associated with Shaktya e.V (Social- Cultural organisation) in Bremen as Executive Board Member. We have good Indian diaspora in Hochschule Bremerhaven and I was a founding member of the Indian Students Association- Bremerhaven (ISA-BHV). I also worked in the International office to support the foreign students at HS-BHV in the beginning of their studies, supervision during excursions, organisation of events and cultural get-together happenings. Currently I am based in Pune and working in Fuel Cell technology to secure the energy infrastructure of India.

As a Young Ambassador, I hope to share my rich experience with young ignited minds to encourage and guide them to pursue their dreams in Germany.

Arjun Jayesh Doshi
Masters - European & International Law
Europa Institut, University of Saarland
ya.arjun@daadindia.org

Profile - Arjun

I finished Masters in European and International Law at the top of my class from Europa Institut, University of Saarland, Saarbruecken. During my masters, I specialised in International Dispute Resolution, European Economic Law and Foreign Trade and Investment. I was the recipient of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding - Dr. Angela Merkel Masters Scholarship awarded by DAAD.

My Masters program not only focused on theoretical knowledge but also on imparting practical exposure. Senior experienced practitioners from global law firms and European institutions came to teach at the university. Studying at Saarbruecken, located on the German-French border, also made it easy to access major European institutions. I was able to train at a top-tier law firm in Frankfurt, courtesy the invitation extended to me by one of my professors.

I had an enriching educational and professional experience in Germany. Being a DAAD scholar and a part of the Masters class that had students from more than 42 countries, I interacted with professionals and scholars from legal background as well as other subjects. Such interactions taught me the value of understanding cultural differences and how to work together towards a common pursuit in such a multi-cultural environment.

During my stay in Germany, I learnt basic level German language, made friends from all over the world for life and traveled extensively in Europe.

David Julian Furtado 
Masters - Management
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
ya.david@daadindia.org

Profile - David

I am a Mechanical Engineer by training. I came to Germany in 2013 to pursue my specialisation in Power Engineering from the TUM - Technical University of Munich. I graduated with a Masters in Science in December 2015. From mid-2016 I been working at a German automotive tier 1 supplier. I have worked in various functions within the organisation.

To enhance my business knowledge and skills, I have decided to pursue my studies in management from WHU - Ottobeisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf and am pursuing a Part Time-MBA starting September 2019. I am glad to be a DAAD Young Ambassador for the year 2019-20 and look forward to reaching out and promoting studies and research in Germany.

Iyoma Priyadarshana Ariyadasa 
Masters - Development & International Economics
HTW - Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin
ya.pahala@daadindia.org

Profile - Iyoma

After my bachelor studies and two-years work experience in the development field, I got a scholarship from DAAD under EPOS program to follow a master degree in Development and International Economics at HTW Berlin. I highly recommend the study programs offered by Applied Science Universities in Germany for young and mid-career professionals, as they provide practice-oriented curricula instead of traditional academic programs. For economists, development practitioners and more broadly for policymakers, Germany is an interesting destination to get exposed to and interact with. The Master program offered various insights into different schools of economic thoughts which broadened my scope of development thinking. Berlin, a vibrant and cheerful city, provides an exciting environment for students to spend their leisure time affordably.

It has been approximately four years since I returned to my country after completing post-graduate studies in Germany. The experience and knowledge I got from Germany have been vastly helpful for me to understand the current policy dynamics of my country as well as the world. The exposure I received in Germany paved the way to successfully compete with others in the job market. Also, it is a great pleasure to work with DAAD to share my experience with individuals who are interested in doing their studies and research in Germany.

Khondker Muzaddid Haider 
Masters - Information & Automation Engineering
University of Bremen
ya.khondker@daadindia.org

Profile - Khondkar

I have completed my M.Sc. from the University of Bremen in Information and Automation Engineering with major in MEMS technology and optofluidics. After receiving my master's degree, I returned to Bangladesh and started working as a Deputy Manager in an electromechanical company. My decision of pursuing higher studies and choosing Germany was driven by the urge of knowing more about some field of interest for which Germany is remarkable and a positive environment for foreign students in Germany.

Germany is traditionally very strong in qualitative education. The technical courses taught in Germany are highly appreciated all around the globe which I have experienced during my study period. I have worked with the Institute for Microsensors, Actuators and Systems (IMSAS) and have done my research in Optofluidics. It was a completely new topic for me but the enlightening curriculum together with dynamic, professional and limitless facilities gave me a solid base of expertise in this discipline. Small fees of a few hundred euros per semester were charged to students to cover administrative costs, but otherwise higher education was generally free, which was a great relief.

For me, life outside the university was also very interesting. Interacting with students and professionals from various countries, making new friends, understanding their way of life and culture has been an enormous experience. I have also been lucky enough to be able to explore Europe, which has left me with memories and expanded my horizons. Studying in Germany was the greatest experience of my life. I highly recommend the experience to anyone lucky enough to have the chance and I will be happy to assist if needed.

Kshitij Goyal 
Masters - Renewable Energy
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
ya.kshitij@daadindia.org

Profile - Kshitij

During my school days, I was amazed to note how energy has become an indivisible part of our life. I am also reminded of the bitter experiences of prolonged power cuts owing to a high demand in the face of limited supply of energy in India. Continuous efforts to push the envelope in order to maximize the amalgamation of technology with our lives for the betterment of mankind and conviction to provide reliable and sustainable energy had ignited in me a passion to pursue my Master’s in Renewable Energies. Germany, known for its engineering and technology, high-quality educational system, is also a cultural hub to meet a lot of interesting and fun-loving amicable people from all walks of life, an opportunity to learn a new language and a culture with a rich history, socialize, travel, explore and make amazing memories for a Lifetime, apart from the innovative and research-oriented international study programmes. Modern curriculum and smart teaching methods, diverse and international environment, organized administration, free tuition fees, makes Germany an ideal place to study. Germany is the best decision I've ever made for its plethora of opportunities to thrive, that's enriched me intellectually and culturally. Currently I am employed with a start-up in the capacity of Associate Director working towards sustainability and green energy. Be Curious!

Maria Mathew 
Masters - Mathematics
Freie Universität Berlin
ya.maria@daadindia.org

Profile - Maria

I am currently pursuing my Master studies in Mathematics at the Freie Universität, Berlin. I am interested in mathematical modelling and numerical simulations and its applicability in solving complex problems in various fields. I am also working as a student research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in a group that primarily deals in statistical modelling applied to various problems in lifespan psychology. My primary role in the group is to assist in developing new mathematical modelling and to further improve the existing ones. I was also fortunate to receive the German scholarship Deutschlandstipendium. My dream is to pursue a career in research and development.

I personally feel Germany is one of the best places to pursue higher education beacuse of it's wide range of practice-oriented options, it's rich culture and some wonderful people.

Nahid-ur-Rahman Chowdhury 
Masters - Energy Technologies
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
ya.nahid@daadindia.org

Profile - Nahid-ur-Rahman

I am Nahid from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), a leading private university located in the capital of Bangladesh. I have completed my bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree in EEE from the same department back in 2011.

During the final year of my bachelor studies, I realised that among the various fields of EEE, the power engineering attracts me most. So, I was looking for a suitable MSc program in Germany and finally ended up at Master's in Energy Technologies program at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Winter Semester 2012. My MSc studies was fully funded by EIT KIC InnoEnergy, a body of the European Union.

I lived in Germany for almost three years, and I believe, that was the most fascinating experience of my academic life. Our program was an international program with diverse cultures where I met people from thirteen different countries and all of them were brilliant minds came together to shape the future of energy technologies. Everyone after passing out is doing great either in Europe or in their respective countries. I think the experience that I gained throughout my study period at KIT and working as an HiWi at EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research) transformed me into a better academician.

Lastly, I would say my experience in Germany was really wonderful and I will always cherish the memories I have made with those beautiful people and how much fun we have had together (we even played cricket in KIT) in a small city named Karlsruhe. Thank you DAAD for selecting me as a YA 2019 and giving me the opportunity to share my experiences of studying and staying in Germany to the future German higher study aspirants.

Nishant Shekhar 
Masters - Education & Psychology
Freie Universität Berlin
ya.nishant@daadindia.org

Profile - Nishant

I am a Swasth Bharat Prerak at Tata Trust. I developed an interest in social work right from my early school days. To pursue this interest, I joined TISS, Mumbai and Lund University, Sweden for bachelor’s. To further expand my field of interest, I joined Child Right’s and Childhood Studies in Freie Universität Berlin, Germany for my master’s. One of the changing experiences in Germany was working in a kindergarten as a teacher and visiting the United Nations as a research student in Geneva. The difference between the social and cultural capital value motivated me to become a Prerak to work with the Ministry of Women and Children in Government of India project “Poshan Abhiyaan” with UNICEF India. This organisation was a perfect platform for me to utilise my knowledge and change it into practical work and bring little change through work at district level.t

Parmita Ghosh 
Semester Exchange (Masters) - Geoinformatics & Machine Learning, Technische Universität Darmstadt
ya.parmita@daadindia.org

Profile - Parmita

I am a satellite remote sensing data analyst, currently working in the Digital Agriculture vertical of Corteva Agriscience, India. I had recently completed my post graduation from IIT Bombay, India. DAAD IIT Master Sandwich Programme 2018 gave me an opportunity to do my MTech project work under a cool and brilliant supervisor of TU Darmstadt, Germany. In Germany I also got associated with Competence Center Geoinformation, Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt as a Visiting Researcher. I got a chance to explore my technical interest to the fullest; for that I will be always thankful to DAAD. The scholarship programme also introduced me to the German language which was a joy to learn. I got a chance to interact with students from different parts of the globe and share technical knowledge and roam around with them in different European countries. This programme has helped me to expand my technical knowledge and to manage my time in the most efficient manner. Pursuing research in Germany has helped me immensely in achieving my professional goals.

As my mission of giving back to the community; I would like to help DAAD in promoting study and research in Germany in my capacity as a Young Ambassador.

Dr Pooja Tanwer 
Semester Exchange (PhD) - Life Sciences
University of Wuerzburg
ya.pooja@daadindia.org

Profile - Pooja

I am a Research Associate at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. I received DAAD scholarship during my PhD to pursue part of my PhD work at Department of Microbiology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany. At that time, little did I know that I was moving on a path of meeting amazing people and continuous learning, which would become an enriching experience for me.

‘Germany - Land of Ideas’ - I believe this holds really true. Apart from free education and great opportunities, there is a lot to learn in terms of culture and history of Germany. There is so much to learn from Germans, like time management, efficiency, punctuality, hard work, and work-life balance. Moreover, the living cost in Germany is quite affordable and provides a chance to travel and appreciate the beautiful landscapes. The experience gained from studying and living in Germany will not only broaden your thinking horizons, but will also benefit you in life.

As a young ambassador, I hope to answer the queries of new aspiring candidates in every possible way and would strongly recommend all the candidates to avail different opportunities to enhance their learning experiences.

Rakibul Hasan 
Masters - Political Science
University of Osnabrueck
ya.rakibul@daadindia.org

Profile - Rakibul

When I was applying for my Master's Program in Germany back in 2014, I went through some confusions. I had to educate myself extensively to find the correct university and necessary funding. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I found my university and the host city to be utterly charming and welcoming to the international students. Living in Germany for almost three years, I can now safely boast about my German language skills and can also claim I understand the German society. With my bricolage of experience from observing both the study and cultural life in Germany, I would like to help my fellow students both in terms of their study applications and cultural integration when they first arrive at their host universities.

Rekha Duggenahalli Ranganath 
Masters - Management and Engineering in Production Systems
RWTH Aachen
ya.rekha@daadindia.org

Profile - Rekha

I'm a Techno-Management engineer studying masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management in RWTH Aachen Universitiy.

Germany has got me a resourceful journey for both personal and professional career paths. I have been introduced to challenging wonders right from the day I arrived Germany, which exposed me globally, representing Germany and India via various events and winning competitions. I'm privileged to promote women in STEM and empower entrepreneurship.

Young Ambassador crown is adding another milestone where I would like to create such resourceful platforms for all the aspirants across Asia.

Dr Rhondemo Kikon
Masters - International Health
University of Heidelberg
ya.rhondemo@daadindia.org

Profile - Rhondemo

I am a medical doctor and health development consultant. I have completed my Master of Science in International Health from the Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg. I was awarded a study scholarship to Germany by the Government of India. I had returned home in 2018 under the Returning Experts program supported by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), Germany. I am currently working with the Community Health Initiative (CHI) as a Program Leader. CHI is an NGO based in Nagaland with a vision for sustainable health development. It works in the areas of strengthening healthcare services, water sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and livelihood.

Choosing to study in Germany was one of the most remarkable decisions I made in my life. I feel blessed to have studied in a top-ranked institution. During my studies, I was enriched with unique multicultural experiences from different countries. I also made lifelong friendships with people I still keep in touch today. One example is my dear friend and mentor, Prof. Andreas Ruppel who guided and advised me throughout my studies and after completion. If you would like to know more about the study opportunities in Germany please drop me an email.

Rupesh Kumar 
Semester Exchange (Masters) - Lead Free Solar Cells
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
ya.rupeshkumar@daadindia.org

Profile - Rupesh Kumar

I am a CEO and Co-founder of EVI Technologies, working in setting up of Electric Vehicle Charging stations. I did my Masters from IIT-Delhi and my thesis was on Lead Free Solar cells from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, through DAAD Master Sandwich program. I believe that one semester in Germany changed a lot in my professional career. After coming back from Germany, I was able to publish two research papers related to efficiency enhancement of solar cells, started my Venture etc. There is so much that can be extracted from German lifestyle such as discipline, one task at a time etc. I am happy again to be a part of DAAD.

Rupesh Shrestha
Masters - Natural Resources Management & Development
TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences
ya.rupesh@daadindia.org

Profile - Rupesh

I have completed my Bachelor's in Architecture from Tribhuvan University and Master of Science in Natural Resources Management & Development from University of Applied Sciences - Cologne (TH Köln) in 2014-2016. The two and a half years that I spent in Germany for my Master's degree will be something that I will cherish forever, thanks to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In Germany, I learned not only technical skills but also got to know its culture, language, and people. I made friends from all over the world and got the opportunity to travel inside Germany and Europe. Right now, I am working in post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal. As DAAD Young Ambassador for Nepal, I am interested in promoting Germany as a destination for higher learning. I am also serving as secretary at an NGO called Nepal German Academic Association (NEGAAS), which aims at strengthening the academic relations between both countries. Germany means "Land of Ideas" where people are kind, friendly & hardworking. In Germany, ideas are given chances, are mentored and then executed. The bond between colleagues of my university who are from diverse parts of world is another fascinating aspect - Internationalisation and diversity in German Universities is something unique.

Sabina Khatri 
Masters - Hydrogeology & Environment Engineering
Technische Universität Darmstadt
ya.sabina@daadindia.org

Profile - Sabina

I pursued my Masters degree in Tropical Hydro-geology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE) at TU Darmstadt. Currently I am working as a hydro-geologist (Technical Officer) with the Nepal Government.

I would like to repeat myself that exposure to the diverse cultures, food, dresses, etc. and being friends with international students from various nationalities was the most interesting part of my stay in Germany. Darmstadt will always have a special place in my heart. It is a small town where everyone seems to know each other and felt like home. It has already been almost 3 years but the best of all the experiences for me was getting to know that the "Bibliothek" opens 24/7, so one could go and study any time one felt like. To sum up, DAAD has been an enriching experience for me and the biggest learning opportunity, personally as well as professionally.  Thank you DAAD for this opportunity to take responsibilities as YA one more time!!

Sakshi Aggarwal 
Semester Exchange (Masters) - Urban planning/City Planning
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
ya.sakshi@daadindia.org

Profile - Sakshi

I am an architect-planner, working as a research associate with HSMI, HUDCO on issues of urban housing and environment.

DAAD gave me the opportunity to pursue partial research on my Master thesis in Germany under the guidance of a wonderful mentor as part of the DAAD-IIT Master Sandwich Programme. The programme was very holistic, and the additional built-in German language course greatly eased my stay. The research environment was very conducive to my studies, and this period helped me develop both professionally and personally. I was also exposed to European planning, and case studies of iconic European cities enhanced my research. The efficient and well-planned transportation made even travelling a joyful experience. Apart from academics, I learnt a lot about different cultures, made friends from all over the world, and created memories to last a lifetime. I thank DAAD for giving me this opportunity of giving back to the mission as a Young Ambassador.

Sharad Chandra Mainali 
Masters - Land Management & Tenure
TU Munich
ya.sharad@daadindia.org

Profile - Sharad

After receiving the Bachelors degree in Geomatics Engineering from Kathmandu University, Nepal, I joined the government agency of Surveying and Mapping - Department of Survey. After working in the sector of surveying for years, I realised the importance of Land Management and security of Land ownership for a person and a community. I started to search the relevant subject for my higher education and found MSc in Land Management and Land Tenure in TU Munich. Luckily, I got the admission along with DAAD Scholarship for the study.

My twenty months in Germany were precious and the time went too fast. One of the major achievements from my stay is the circle of wonderful people from different parts of the world. They were so amazing that I never had to spend my time alone and the city was busy too. I studied in Munich and hence lived there. Along with the city, I like the Southern part of Germany and the mountains around.

Germans are the most organised and loyal people I have found so far. I like them and the way they live. The infrastructure development all over the country and the greenery conservation are in fact appreciable. The traditional and cultural festivals are interesting too. The green spaces and parks conserved in the middle of the cities and their connection to the day-to-day life amazed me the most. My study and stay in Germany are, for sure, the most precious times of my life.

Sharayoo Jog 
Bachelors - Business Administration
Studienkolleg bei den Universitäten des Freistaates Bayern
ya.sharayoo@daadindia.org

Profile - Sharayoo

Hi, I'm Sharayoo, I'm from India and I'm 18 years old and I dreamt of studying in Germany since I was 15, which was when I got a two week scholarship from PASCH and DAAD to study in Germany.
I have just completed the Studienkolleg, a one year preparatory course that will enable me to pursue my bachelor's degree in Germany. I will be studying Betriebswirtschaftslehre at the Ludwig Maximilians University or the Technical University of Munich from this fall onwards.

Studying in Germany has been an excellent experience. German universities and institutions function in an extremely well organised manner. The facilities available to students through the negligible tuition fee are extraordinary. I personally felt so in form of the huge libraries that I had access to, as a student. The students in Munich can also benefit from the sports facilities available at the Olympiapark. There are endless opportunities to intern at various firms or companies, Munich being a big city. I love to travel and living in Munich is an advantage due to its central european location.

If you're working towards studying in Germany, I can assure you that it is worth it.

Sheri Jahan Chowdhury
Masters - Optics and Photonics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
ya.sheri@daadindia.org

Profile - Sheri

I have recently graduated with the master’s degree in Optics and Photonics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). I was one of the Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics (KSOP) scholarship holders there. My bachelor’s studies was in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BRAC University, Bangladesh.

Doing my masters in Germany has been the best decision of my life. I still remember being so confused and lost regarding higher studies after my bachelors. KSOP gave me the chance to pave my path into the specialization I have always wanted. The awesome laboratory facilities and the cool lectures of renowned professors made all the struggles of academia worthwhile. My research experience, during this period, in the InnovationLab Heidelberg, Light Technology Institute, and Institute of Microstructure Technology – helped me tremendously in professional development of research work, which in turn helped to do thesis in IMEC, Belgium, one of the best places of semiconductor research in Europe.

As for personal experiences, the list is uncountable. All those meetings with so many people with complete different culture but who soon became friends, letting out the inner travel monster which led to visiting 21 countries in 2.5 years, learning to cook, learning to bike, hiking, movie nights with dormitory friends, attending a German-Polish wedding in Poland, kayaking first time in Atlantic, feeling the snow for the first time are only few of the never ending beautiful moments that I will never forget.

Siddhi Sunilkumar Rathi 
PhD, Internship - Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Heidelberg
ya.siddhi@daadindia.org

Profile - Siddhi

I hail from Nashik, Maharashtra and have completed my BS-MS from IISER-Mohali. I have received fellowship from the DAAD twice. The first time was during a summer internship at the DKFZ, Heidelberg, under the DAAD-WISE 2016 program. This internship altered my career path and made me more ambitious towards pursuing PhD in Germany. The work culture, interactive student forums at the university, the scientific retreats and winter schools that are organised for the students all together mesmerised me and drove towards my decision for applying to Germany for a PhD. The support, guidance and help provided by DAAD, far away from home, during my internship certainly played an immense role all throughout.

Currently I am pursuing PhD at the university of Heidelberg, via the DAAD PhD program, 2018. The environment of the lab, exchange of ideas amongst the fellows and a constant encouragement from the supervisor acts as great incentive for me.

The leisure and support that we receive as a DAAD scholar even at the university is outstanding. On top of it all the regular DAAD meetings have been an important source of networking and socialising with students and colleagues across the world. These meetings also serve as a platform for us to meet professors, learn new things and explore Europe.

I have and will definitely continue to have an experience of a lifetime studying in Germany. And I would definitely encourage students to undertake higher education in Germany. I would thus, love to help students who aspire to study in Germany. Feel free to drop an email with your queries... NO QUERY IS SILLY!

Tavseef Mairaj Shah 
Masters, PhD - Agroecology
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
ya.tavseef@daadindia.org

Profile - Tavseef

I am doing my PhD research at Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg). My research is supported by Hamburg State Graduate Funding Program Scholarships (HmbNFG). The field of my research is the study of ecology of food production systems, focused on rice cultivation. I did my masters in process engineering, specialising in environmental process engineering, from TU Hamburg. I come from Pulwama, Kashmir and I did my bachelors in process engineering from NIT Srinagar, before moving to Germany in 2013.

Apart from my research, I try to spend time reading, writing, and doing photography. Study and life in Hamburg has been an enjoyable learning experience, given the diversity of culture and history the city has to offer. The city of Hamburg, in many aspects, lives up to the title given to it by the people that call it home—the most beautiful city in the world (die schönste Stadt der Welt). If there were a place that one could truly call home, I would call Hamburg my second home, after Kashmir, which would still be the first.

I am thrilled to be a DAAD Young Ambassador for 2019. I am looking forward to utilising my knowledge and experience in the best possible way, in this program.

Vinay Mulchandani
Masters - Automotive Management
HTW - Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin
ya.vinay@daadindia.org

Profile - Vinay

I graduated with Masters of Business Administration and Engineering from HTW, Berlin, Germany. Through this course, I have learned the professional skill, to develop an analytical mind-set applicable to a variety of industries and business functions to become a strong, interdisciplinary problem solver – professional, creative and collaborative.

Germany offered me great amount of exposure and opportunities to work with future trends, like Autonomous vehicle, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things. The industrial visits in BMW, Daimler, Schneider and Bosch gave me a deep insights of how the German automotive sector works in terms of manufacturing and supply chain. My final year thesis focuses on Industry 4.0 and its impact on supply chain. I successfully completed my internship in Continental AG, which was a phenomenal learning. I returned to India and started working in Supply Chain domain.

I enjoyed my time as a student doing extra-curricular activities at HTW, Model UN etc. Understanding cultural differences and how to work in a multi-cultural environment was a great learning. I made friends from all over the world, worked with people from many countries and enjoyed the beautiful Europe by travelling more than twelve countries till date.

I, as a Young Ambassador, would be more than happy to form a bridge between Indian and German education system and help peers get the exposure that I got. Feel free to contact me for anything related to studies, research and work or otherwise.

I would like to promote German higher education and strengthen Indo-German relations by facilitating the exchange of students and professionals, thereby increasing interaction and information exchange between the two countries.

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