Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ is working for more than 50 years on a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of GIZ’s federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector, and governments of other countries. They work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. The main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The commissioning parties and cooperation partners all place their trust in GIZ, and work together to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, to develop these into concrete plans and to implement them. Since GIZ is a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to its work. Together with all partners in national governments worldwide and cooperation partners from the worlds of business, research and civil society, GIZ works flexibly to deliver effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. 


The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2020, we generated a business volume of around EUR 3.3 billion. Our 23,614 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national staff, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 483 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2020, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency, placed 212 integrated experts and 516 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services. 



CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) 

CEPT University has created a vibrant environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation focused on issues concerning human habitats. From supporting cities in Gujarat in their disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts after the 2001 earthquake to leading the preparation of the nomination dossier that led to the inscription of Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2017, the University has actively engaged in research projects, advisory assignments and capacity building initiatives aimed at solving critical problems in the built environment and improving the quality of life in India’s towns and cities. 
Through such research and consulting pursuits over past two decades, the faculty members have made available their academic knowledge and expertise to external stakeholders including the government public sector bodies, communities and businesses. Traditionally individual faculty members led these research endeavours directly under the University administration. However, considering the growth of research engagements and the need for transparent and effective management of resources and knowledge-base, the University needed a robust and independent entity to manage its research activities. The CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) was established in 2013 to better manage the University’s research and consulting activities. CRDF is recognized as a not-for-profit company established under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 and is wholly owned by CEPT University. CRDF operates with an independent board and is organized around specialist/specialised thematic centres. 




Centre for Policy Research (CPR) 

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi has been one of India’s leading public policies think tanks since 1973. The Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to the production of high-quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse about the structures and processes that shape life in India. CPR’s community of distinguished academics and practitioners are drawn from different disciplines and professional backgrounds.  

The Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) programme at CPR aims to better understand ‘governance scale’ in Indian cities in tandem with ‘sector specific socio-economic scales. Through research, the programme aims to inform stakeholders, including the three tiers of the government, to develop better informed policies and programmes enabling improved governance and service delivery. It has two key thematic focus in areas of Land, Planning, and Housing and Water and Sanitation. The SCI-FI programme is nested at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) since 2013. 


Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) 

Established in August 1981, ICRIER is an autonomous, policy-oriented, not-for-profit, economic policy think tank based in New Delhi. ICRIER’s main focus is to enhance the knowledge content of policy making by undertaking analytical research that is targeted at informing India’s policy makers and also at improving the interface with the global economy. ICRIER conducts thematic research in the following eight thrust areas: 1. Macroeconomic Management, Financial Liberalisation and Regulation 2. Global Competitiveness of the Indian Economy – Agriculture, Manufacturing and Services 3. Challenges and Opportunities of Urbanisation 4. Climate Change and Sustainable Development 5. Physical and Social Infrastructure including Telecom, Transport, Energy and Health 6. Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Jobs 7. Asian Economic Integration with focus on South Asia 8. Multilateral Trade Negotiations and FTAs. 


To effectively disseminate research findings, ICRIER organises workshops, seminars and conferences to bring together academicians, policymakers, representatives from industry and media to create a more informed understanding on issues of major policy interest. ICRIER routinely invites distinguished scholars and policymakers from around the world to deliver public lectures and give seminars on economic themes of interest to contemporary India. 


Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) 

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai is an advanced research institute established and fully funded by the Reserve Bank of India for carrying out research on development issues from a multi-disciplinary point of view. IGIDR was registered as an autonomous society on November 14, 1986 and as a public trust in January 1987. Subsequently, the Institute was recognized as a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. 
Starting as a purely research institution, it rapidly developed into a full-fledged teaching cum research organisation when it launched a Ph.D. program in the field of development studies in 1990. The objective of the Ph.D. programme is to produce researchers with diverse disciplinary backgrounds who can address issues of economics, energy and environment policies. 




Anna University, Tirunelveli 

Anna University was established on 4th September, 1978 as a unitary type of University. This University was named after Late Dr.C.N.Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Applied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained therefrom, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities. 


In 2001, Anna University was converted to an affiliating type University by bringing together all the Engineering colleges in the State of Tamil Nadu and was again reconverted to the unitary type in 2010. In 2012, Anna University was again converted to an affiliating type of University by bringing together all the Engineering Colleges in the State of Tamil Nadu under one umbrella to ensure uniform quality in engineering education. In addition to the above, 4 University Department Campuses (CEG/MIT/ACT/SAP Campuses), presently, Anna University has 13 Constituent Colleges, 3 Regional Campuses at Tirunelveli, Madurai and Coimbatore and 593 Affiliated Colleges (Government, Government Aided and Self-Financing Colleges).