Das Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 1959-1974

  • Ekkehard Henschke (Author)

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The framework of this German development project was given by the Indian-German treaties of 1958, 1966 and 1971. At the beginning of 1975, the Indian and the German Governments agreed to go on supporting the IIT Madras especially the scientific cooperation which had been established between German universities and the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. The German motivation as well as the aim underlying the Madras-project have changed in favour of real partnership. So did the German management of the project since the Madras Committee was established in 1966. From 1959 to 1979 the German Government spent about 30 million Deutsche Mark for the Madras-project (equipment etc.; wages of German personnel excluded). In this field of education, West Germany successfully competed with the United States (helping the IIT Kanpur), Great Britain (supporting the IIT Delhi), and the USSR (supporting the IIT Bombay).