Message of Greeting
Namashkar, Welcome und Willkommen to the website of the German Consulate General Kolkata!
We are proud to be present here in Kolkata, one of the world’s great cities, since 1888. The Consulate, as integral part of a wider network, consisting of the Embassy in New Delhi and the other German Consulates General in India, wants to contribute to further enhancement of the good Indo-German relations, already well-established across many fields. For this purpose we also work together with other German institutions and organizations, such as the Goethe-Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce or the German Engineering Federation VDMA.
Our fields of activity are manifold: We offer consular visa services to Indian citizens residing in our consular area, which comprises West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, as well as the North Eastern States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. We also provide help and assistance for German citizens in need.
Indo-German economic relations are strong and growing. By now there is a sizable presence of German companies in Kolkata and West Bengal and together with the Chamber of Commerce and VDMA we make an effort to assist the present ones and inform the interested new ones about the economic potential of the region.
The consulate actively supports German development cooperation, which has its projects all over India, in sectors such as renewable energy, environmental technology, climate change. In the framework of the Indian-German Strategic Partnership Germany has pledged to support India’s ‘Smart City’-Project and will concentrate its efforts on three cities – Odisha’s Bhubaneshwar being one of them.
Along with Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata (which just has moved to exciting new premises on Park Street) which provides German language courses and assures a visible cultural presence in Kolkata and beyond, the Consulate also organizes small cultural projects of its own. An important aspect of our work is the liaison with universities and institutions of higher learning, promoting closer collaboration between Indian and German institutions, exchange of scientists and researchers, and informing students about academic opportunities in Germany.
We attach great importance to outreach to civil society: The Consulate supports small scale development projects across its consular area and also has financed a number of successful human-rights-projects. We also support youth and sports clubs, particularly in remote or disadvantaged areas with material donations.
This rundown is far from exhaustive. Our website and our Facebook presence will keep you up-to-date on our activities. I would also like to hear from you with your proposals, suggestions, ideas and questions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
With warm regards
Michael Feiner, Consul General