DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) sponsored Conference Shamsundar was invited as a Speaker to the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) sponsored conference “Higher Education Co-operation – a key factor for development”. DAAD, Germany invited few Alumnus of Germany working in the Higher Education sectors as speakers from all parts of the world. Shamsundar as a Alumni of Uni. Of Oldenburg, Germany (1999-2000), was invited from India. The conference took place at Berlin, Germany on 11th and 12th May 2011. The programme was sponsored by DAAD, Germany. This lead to SEAN-DEE (South East Asian Network for Disaster and Environmental Engineering)

The National Institute of Engineering (NIE), has entered into a collaboration with University of Kassel, Germany to work in the area of Disaster and Environmental Engineering. The Project is sponsored by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and named as South East Asian Network for Disaster and Environmental Engineering (SEAN-DEE). The programme has networked five universities/Institutes from South East Asian region which includes three institutes from Bangladesh, one from Nepal and one from India (NIE, Mysore).

The project was conceptualized by DAAD, Germany with a vision “ Higher Education Co-operation – a key factor for development” in a DAAD Alumni conference which took place in Berlin Germany on 11th and 12th May 2011.

The SEAN DEE collaborative project includes student exchange, faculty exchange and establishment of Centre on Disaster & Environmental engineering.

The programme has DAAD sponsorship for students of NIE, Mysore to participate in Medium Term and short term internship at Germany for a period of three years.

Medium Term programme involves internship for a second year Masters degree student to University of Kassel, Germany for a period of four months. Under this programme the student will work in the research topic relevant to disaster- and environmental engineering and will be given a stipend of 1000 Euros per month.

Short term programme named as SEAN-DEE Lab, will involve sponsorship for four to eight Masters Degree students to participate in workshop on disaster and environmental engineering at University of Kassel, Germany for a period of two weeks. The travelling, food and stay expenses (up to 980Euros) of Participants will be sponsored by DAAD, Germany.

The international workshop on “Drivers of Urban Lifestyles in Low Income Urban Habitats of Mysore” was held at The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore from 10th September 2014 to 16th September 2014. The workshop was organized jointly by NIE (through TEQIP) and Institute of Sociology, University of Magdeburg, Germany.

Twenty two participants attended the workshop, out of which the international participants comprised a team of eleven students [Mauno Gerritzen, Moritz Lehmann, Hans Stanka, Hannah Schmid, Nora Wagner, Luisa Scholz, Josephine Hartwig, Katharina Koller, Corinna Würzberger, Stephanie Walter, Lisa Wassermann] and two professors [Dr. Regine Schönenberg , Scientist, Freie University, Berlin, Germany, Prof. Dr. Heiko Schrader, Professor, University of Magdeburg, Germany]

The workshop began on 10th September 2014 with discussion on the work done by participants at Bharatiya Vidyapeet Institute of Environment Education and Research [BVIEER], Bharatiya Vidyapeet University, Pune from 3rd September 2014 to 8th September 2014 and their objectives of research in Mysore.

Inauguration: The workshop was inaugurated on 11th September 2014 at 11AM; Sri. M Sreepada Rao, Hon. President, NIE-MC, Sri S L Ramachandra, Hon. Secretary, NIE-MC, Sri. S K Lakshminarayana, Hon. Treasurer, NIE-MC, Sri. N Ramanuja, Chairman, NIE-CREST and Director, NIE-MC, Dr. G L Shekar, Principal, NIE, Mysore and Prof. S Shamsundar, Director, NIE-CREST were present in the Inauguration.

Interaction: The interactions/discussions took place from 11th September 2014 to 16th September 2014. The participants of the workshop interacted with officials of Mysore City Corporation [MCC], Mysore Grahakara Parishad [MGP], Mysore Urban Development Authority [MUDA], Mr. Byrappa, Corporator, JP Nagar, Indian Green Building Council [IGBC], Excel (Solid Waste Management) Plant, NGO’s viz. Rural Literacy and Health Programme [RLHP], ODANADI, Organisation for Development of People [ODP], people of urban habitats (Rehabilitation site at Rajivanagar) of Mysore city.

Resource persons: The resource persons involved in the interaction included Mr.Chandraprakash, President, Mysore Grahakara Parishad, Prof. S Shamsundar, Director, NIE-CREST, Mr. Shesha , Joint Director, Town Planning, Mrs. Pankaja, Assistant Director, Town Planning, MCC, Mr. Bhairappa, Corporator, J P Nagar, Mr.Siddalingappa, President, Lions Club, Mr. Rangaraju, Professor, University of Mysore, Mr. Eechanur Kumar, Mysore, Sharath, Manager, Excel (Solid Waste Management Plant), Mr. Pramod and Ms. Dharmashree. The interaction included a heritage walk on 14th September 2014 to provide an overview of the places of historical significance in Mysore City to the participants.

Valedictory: The participants presented their research work/findings on September 16, 2014 between 10.30 am and 12.00pm, at Sir M V Auditorium, Golden Jubilee Complex, NIE, Mysore; the members of NIE-Management Council- Sri. S L Ramachandra, Honorary Secretary, Sri S K Lakshminarayana, Hon. Treasurer, Sri. T K Chittaranjan, Director were present in the programme and presented the mementos to the participants as a token of memory from NIE and also stated that NIE is ready to support the further research work if the participants are interested.

Feedback/outcome from participants: The participants were of the opinion that Mysore City has a good solid waste management system; the urban slums in Mysore are way better than their counterparts in the other cities of India and the drivers of urban lifestyle are Energy and water as in case of other cities.

Prof. S Shamsundar, Director, NIE-CREST and his team (Mrs. Padmavathi P, Ms. Rekha C, Mr. Dhananjaya K N, Ms. Sowmya) coordinated the research work.

Dr. G L Shekar, Principal, NIE facilitated the programme.

GIZ-DAAD sponsored Summer School-2011 on Sustainable Habitats in India-III was held at NIE-CREST from 12th Sept to 17th Sept. 2012 . The International Summer school was sponsored by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and DAAD ( German Academic Exchange Programme), Germany. The Summer School was conducted at three places in India viz., Mysore, Kochi and Pune. At Mysore, NIE-CREST was the partner organisation for conducting the Programme .

Nine International participants from different research backgrounds selected under the "Energy Efficiency Group" participated. The Summer School began with a heritage walk. The programme was flagged off with an official inauguration at Sir M V Auditorium, NIE-Golden Jubilee Block, Mysore.

The participants were given an opportunity to meet, interact with officials of Mysore City Corporation, Members of NGO and many other officials. The concept of sustainability in food was illustrated by Organic food Prepared/arranged by Ahara Butti.

After a fruitful week, many questions arose on different policies and governance structure, which were taken for discussion in third week at Pune.

Indo-German Symposium on Biofuel Technologies-2013 [IGSBT-2013 was organised by The National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore, India, in association with Oel-Waerme-Institut (OWI), affliated to Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. The two day symposium was held on 10th and 11th of October 2013. The symposium was sponsored by TEQIP. Sponsorship was also recived from, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited, Bangalore and Hutti Gold Mines, Bangalore, Karnataka science & technology academy, Deepa Solar Lighting Systems, Bangalore and Ecosense Sustainable Solutions Private Limited, New Delhi.

The main objectives of the symposium were to provide an insight in to the recent developments in biofuel technologies with emphasis on its applications. The focus areas of the symposium included biofuels for automotive and captive power, biofuels for heating application, biofuel standards & testing, and biofuel policies.

The programme was flagged off with an official inauguration on 10th October 2013 at Sarvepalli Radhakrishna Seminar Hall of NIE Administrative Block. Dr. Klaus Lucka, Managing Director, OWI, Germany inaugurated the symposium Mr. G V Balaram, Managing Director, KREDL, Bangalore was the guest of honour. Sri S R Subbarao, President, NIE-Mangament presided the symposium. Mr.Lakshminarayana Babu , chairmain IGSBT 2013, Dr.G.L.Shekar also spoke on the occasion.Sri.S.L.Ramachandra, Hon.Secretary, NIE, inaugurated the renewable energy exhibition.

The programme on 10th October began with a keynote address by Dr. Lucka followed by interesting sessions from prominent speakers of national and international institutes. Dr. H S Mukunda, Scientist and former professor , CGPL, IISc, Bangalore, also the notable Alumni of NIE Mechanical engineering, gave a presentation on Solid and liquid biofuels, Ing. Winfried Koch, Head of Fuels Group, OWI, University of Aachen, Germany, presented on Stability and behavior of liquid fuels. A presentation on biomass gassification by Dr. Dasappa, CGPL, IISc, Bangalore gave insight on gasification technology. Conversion of Lignocellulosic materials to ethanol by Mr. Sampanna Mutalik, General Manager, ICPL, Davanagere was very innovative. The final session of the first day involved presentation on performance enhancement additives for biofuels by Mr. Subroto Roy, Vice President ERC Chemtrols Pvt. Limited, Mumbai.

The programme on 11th October began with a session from Prof. S Shamsundar, Director, NIE-CREST on biofuel technology Applications with overview on projects implemented by NIE-CREST. Dr. Klaus Lucka, gave a presentation on HVO Process, Performance, New feed Stocks and application. Dr.Udupi Srinivas, Former head, SuTRA [Sustainable technologies for Rural Application], IISc, Bangalore gave a presentation on the topic alternative to fossil Carbon- A technical Enclosure. A presentation by Padmashree awardee and renowned scientist ,Dr. Sharad P Kale, Head, Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division, BARC, Mumbai on Biomethanisation with overview on BARC Nisargaruna biogas technology was very interesting. The final session of the day involved presentation on Main streaming biofuels in India with challenges and way forward and biofuel polices of GoK by Sri Y B Ramakrishna, Ex-Chairman, Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board, Bangalore.

The valedictory of the symposium was chaired by Sri Y B Ramakrishna with Sri. Sreepada Rao, Vice President, NIE as the guest of honor.

The programme involved participants from diverse domain involved in the field of biofuels, Professors and students from different engineering colleges of Karnataka, professors and students from Research organisations like CFTRI. Totally 79 participants attended the symposium .The programme witnessed a very good response from the participants and fostered much more collaborative work internationally.

Prof.Shamsundar and Prof.D.N.Vasuki from Mechanical Engineering department co-ordinated the symposium.