Gaurav Kedia, Jaipur, India
Name: Gaurav Kedia
Lives in: Jaipur, India
Period in Germany: May 2003 to September 2008
Educational institution: University of Stuttgart
Job: Hosting Chairman at Indian Biogas Association
During my stay in Germany I worked as a scientific co-worker at the University of Stuttgart, as well as an Advanced Process Control Technologist for Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH in Cologne. Furthermore, I completed a Master Program in the field of Environmental Engineering at the University of Stuttgart called ‘Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waste Water Process Engineering’ (WASTE).
My stay in Germany has influenced both my personal and professional life. It also changed my overall attitude and knowledge about the environment. I think that I have become a better person. For example, now I integrate environmental and energy conservation in every aspect of my life. In other words, the time I spent in Germany brought me invaluable experience that I continue to use even today.
‘I liked every bit of Germany’
The important point is that in Germany I experienced another culture, which is very different from the culture I come from. In Germany, people have a good balance between personal and professional life. This makes both studying and working an enjoyable experience. I like the people and the German culture. However, sometimes people tend to plan everything and this initially seemed boring to me. But in a long run, I understood that it is a good point. The pollution free and clean atmosphere was another positive aspect I recognized and enjoyed during my stay.
Gender roles in Germany are different from those in my home country. There are some differences in the language too. In Germany, all people speak ‘Hochdeutsch’ and then there are different dialects depending on the region you come from. There is also a different social life in Germany. People are open to new friendships, contacts, and exchange of opinions.
‘Germany plays a vital role in knowledge transfer’
Germany plays a crucial role in knowledge transfer and research development. Because of an extended international scientific exchange, it is possible to effectively develop solutions to current problems. Therefore, I am in close contact with the University of Stuttgart and Paderborn. They always encourage me to develop new ideas and create innovative solutions.
Besides my university contacts, I also keep in touch with some ex-colleagues, friends and organizations I got in touch with during my stay in Germany. What I liked about the German university is the close relationship between a professor and a student. Moreover, in Germany you have greater flexibility to choose a field of study you are interested in than in my country. In India the competition is high to get admission in a good university.
Now I work as a Hosting Chairman at Indian Biogas Association and I also work as a Managing Director at Arka BREN-Stech Pvt. Ltd. since November 2011. Moreover, I am a guest faculty at Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. In the future I would like to develop a sustainable and successful model at a global level for green energy utilization.
Gaurav Kedia on the Alumniportal Deutschland
I keep in touch with other ten alumni from Germany. I am an active user of the Alumniportal Deutschland, where I discuss the intercultural impacts with members from developing countries and from Germany. Renewable energy is the most interesting topic for discussion.