Visit to KeralaEnlarge image At the office of Kerala Manorama (© German Consulate)
The German Consul General was requested to address the valedictory session at the “International seminar on Globalisation and India’s innovation systems”. This was her first visit to Kottayam, she was accompanied by the Consulate’s Science and Technology advisor Dr. Manjula Mundakana. The Consul General said "Mahatma Gandhi University is a great place for research and education with a dedicated Vice Chancellor and great Professors and the university already has very good connection to the German academia. I am glad to support them in intensifying research cooperation with German Universities and research institutions."
Enlarge image Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam (© German Consulate)
The German Consul General paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Bishop Pandarasseril of Kottayam together with German Honorary Consul Dr. Syed Ibrahim. She acclaimed "the Catholic Church in Kottayam has a great relationship with Germany through their priests and sisters working in German dioceses and hospitals"
Third on her agenda was a visit to the oldest newspaper in Kerala the Malyalam Manorama.
Apart from that, she lead a team of experts from Fraunhofer, GIZ and German Development Bank to continue discussions on Germany’s support to the Smart City Kochi initiative with Elias George, the MD of Kochi Metro Rail and Soumini Jain, the mayor of Kochi.
Lastly she inaugurated the new center of VFS Kochi. VFS, the global visa processing center with over 2260 application centers all over the world and servicing more than 126 countries has now opened a new center in Kochi, Kerala. The German Consul General Ms. Hellwig-Bötte was asked to open the new facility. Now applicants travelling to Germany from Kochi can directly apply for visa at VFS Kochi. VFS Kochi is also enabled with biometric enrolments, this means the applicants are not required to travel to the German Consulate in Bengaluru for Schengen Visas, all the formalities can be completed in Kochi itself.