Recent Local Events

Mural Art Project

Mural Art Project on the boundary wall of the German Consulate General

Protection of women and the improvement of their human rights situation is the focal point of the human rights policy of the German Government. To further highlight the importance of this issue and to create awareness against Human Trafficking and Slavery, German Consulate General in Kolkata represented by the Deputy Consul General Mr. Jürgen T. Schrod collaborated with Missing Collective artists, Leena Kejriwal and Amogh Lux who addressed the grave issues in a unique way i.e. the team of ‘Missing Collective’ created a Mural Art on the boundary wall of the Consulate General.

Contract signing with CBM India Trust

Support to CBM India Trust

The German Consulate General in Kolkata supports CBM India Trust’s project in Meghalaya with the NGO Bethany Society for buying the orthopedic shoemaking tools and machinery for their vocational training unit where the jobless disabled youth will be trained. This vocational training institute will provide the disabled people a chance to undergo a professional training and hence giving them a chance to lead an independent and a better life. The financial aid has been extended under the small scale project scheme of the German Consulate General in Kolkata.

Visit to Dr. B. N. Roy Trust NGO in Jemo Rajbati, Murshidabad

German Consulate General supports B. N. Roy Trust in Jemo, Murshidabad

The non-governmental organisation ‘Dr. B.N. Roy Trust’ works for the betterment of the underprivileged children, youth and for the handicapped by providing them free primary and secondary education. The trust also runs a vocational training institute where the young girls and boys get trained in various skills like electrical courses, basic computer education, sewing courses for women among others. The German Consulate General Kolkata has given the financial aid to the NGO under the small scale project scheme.

Fight against Human Trafficking

The German Consulate General Kolkata signed a funding agreement with the NGO Jabala Action Research Organisation aimed at awareness building against Human Trafficking among the people in four districts of West Bengal. The project will be carried out within the next ten months.

Opening of Research & Development Center for South East Asia of Phoenix Extreme Conveyor Belt Solutions in Kalyani

On 23rd February, 2017 PHOENIX Extreme Conveyor Belt Solutions opened a brand new Research and Development Center. The facility is located in its own building inside the same premises in Kalyani (near Kolkata) where conveyor belts are already manufactured for many years. The new R & D center will not only serve the Indian operations and clients of the company, but also its operations in other countries in South East Asia. PHOENIX Conveyor Belts...

Consul General's visit to Rourkela

Visit to Rourkela

Consul General Olaf Iversen recently visited Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in Odisha together with a delegation of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. The steel plant was originally set up 1956-1961 with German industry delivering and setting up most of the equipment. With its first class steel products RSP quickly became very profitable. It was modernized and enlarged several times. Today it is one of the most modern and efficient steel plants in India and beyond. It has become a landmark of Indo-German Cooperation.

„For a good cause“

The German Consulate General, represented by Deputy Consul General Jürgen Thomas Schrod,  supports Apne Aap by donating a part of the profit of the recent Charity Christmas Market to the NGO. Apne Aap is a grassroot movement to end sex trafficking and related exploitation of women and girls. Apne Aap is a strong...

NGO children visit Consulate General

An eventful and fun-filled day with the kids of the Pushpa Home and Howrah South Point Hospital in the premises of the German Consulate General Kolkata. Under the supervision of the umbrella organisation German Doctors these organizations provide free medical treatment to the poor and needy women and children who are suffering from various type of Tuberculosis...

Annual Alumni Meeting

Alumni Meet 2017

The Annual Alumni Meeting of German research-scholarship-recipients from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and other organizations was held at the German Consulate General Kolkata on 3rd February 2017. Prof Dr Amit Patra of IIT Kharagpur and a former Humboldt fellow was the Guest of Honour  and gave a speech on the advantages of direct current as opposed to alternate current.

Country Session at BGBS

Bengal Global Business Summit 2017 with high level German participation

A delegation from the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia headed by State Secretary Dr. Günther Horzetzky visited Kolkata from 19th to 21st January, 2017 to take part in the Bengal Global Business Summit. Germany was among the four partner countries of this high level event, which was inaugurated by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. The delegation met inter alia with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Finance Minister Dr. Amit Mitra, with the Chairman of Coal India Ltd.  and took part in the first ever country session on Germany in Kolkata.

Humboldt Kolleg on Earth and Material Sciences in India

From 13th to 15th January, 2017 the first ever Humboldt Kolleg on Earth and material Sciences in India was held in Raichak, near Kolkata. Nearly 100 delegates and invitees from all over India and also from Germany have taken part. The Kolleg was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Bonn, and sponsored also by Leica, the famous German manufacturer of high tech optical instruments.

Weihnachtsmarkt am Generalkonsulat

Charity Christmas Market

Charity Christmas Market was organised at the premises of the Consulate General on Sunday, 11th December 2016.

Science Lecture

‘Science Lectures’

‘Science Lectures’ on “No Child’s Play: Appropriate Technology Development for Toy Industry” by Prof Dr Amitava Gupta and Prof Dr Samiran Chattopadhyay The event was organized by the German Consulate General Kolkata in association with Jadavpur University and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce Kolkata on 25 November.

Consul General on his visit to Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ranchi

Visit to the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ranchi

Consul General Olaf Iversen took part in the annual Mission Day of the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ranchi (GEL) on 2nd November, 2016. GEL keeps still today a special bond to Germany. Its origins date back to 1845, when four Protestant Missionaries arrived sent by Pastor Johannes Evangelsta Gossner from Berlin. GEL is in particular engaged to help the tribal population in its region. GEL also runs schools, a college and a Kindergarden.

Tata Steel Works in Kalinganagar

Visit to Tata Steel Works in Kalinganagar, Odisha

On the invitation of Mr. Arun Misra, Vice President, Tata Steel Limited, Consul General Olaf Iversen visited the brand new Tata Steel Works at Kalinganagar, Odisha on 21st October, 2016. He was accompanied by Mr. Rajesh Nath (VDMA-India) and Mrs. Sabina Pandey (Indo German Chamber of Commerce) as well as some businessmen. The plant is already in full swing and will reach its full capacity of 6 million tons in the near future.

Indo-German Sports Relationship

Consul General Olaf Iversen met Daniel Eckert-Lindhammer and his team of the Sports Science Faculty of Leipzig University during their stay in Ranchi. The “ITK Pathfinder Program” was created in 1964 in order to enable coaches worldwide to experience the teaching methods and approaches of the German faculty...

Courtesy visit to the Honorable Governor of Jharkhand

On 17th October 2016, Consul General Mr. Olaf Iversen made a courtesy visit to the Honorable Governor of Jharkhand Smtra. Drapaudi Murmu during his maiden visit to the state.

Consul General Iversen awarded with “Green Diplomatist Award”

The German Consul General in Kolkata, Mr. Olaf Iversen was awarded with the new “Green Diplomatist Award” by the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) on 5th October 2016 during the 12th Anniversary Function held at Science City Auditorium. It is the first time the award is conferred by CIU...

Micro Projects 2016

Small Scale Projects 2016

NGO’s Pirkhali Pathikrit and St. Paul’s Cathedral Relief Service have received the financial assistance under the micro project scheme of the German Consulate General Kolkata.  Pirkhali Pathikrit is providing the medical treatment to hearing and speech impaired children and on the other hand the St. Paul’s Cathedral is providing assistance to needy women by providing them vocational training and helping them earn their livelihood.

Consul General Olaf Iversen addressing the audience at the German Unity Day.

German Consulate General Kolkata celebrated the Day of German Unity.

German Consulate General Kolkata celebrated the Day of German Unity.

Merck Tagore Award 2016


To promote cultural exchange between Indian and Germany Merck, India and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata recently organised Merck- Tagore Award 2016. The third Merck- Tagore award was presented to Dr. Sudhir Kakar, who is well-known both in India and in Germany and has shaped the cultural discourses in both countries.

Consul General Mr. Iversen with the team of St. Bantra Hospital

Micro Project 2016

The German Consulate General Kolkata has provided a grant to the Bantra St. Thomas' Home Welfare Society in Howrah to fully refurbish the ground floor of the hospital. The refurbishment was long overdue and will also help to improve the hygienic conditions in the hospital for patients and staff.

Consul General Herr Iversen at the winefest

Presentation of Wines from Germany in Kolkata

For the first time ever in Kolkata Consul General Olaf Iversen invited for a presentation of Wines from Germany on July 20th, 2016. Around 170 enthusiastic guests took part in tasting 8 different white wines, two red wines and a vineyard sparkling wine. Expert advice was contributed by Chrsitopher Groote and his partner Dr. Michael Petermeyer, who had come from Wiesbaden. Mr. Hubert Reilard, President of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce was the Guest of Honour.

Ambassador Dr. Ney and Consul General Iversen with Sister Prema

Sister Mary Prema, Superior General of Missionaries of Charity conferred with German Order of Merit

On behalf of the German Federal President Joachim Gauck, German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney handed over the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit to the Superior General of Missionaries of Charity (MoC) in Kolkata, Sister Mary Prema, on 17th May.

Visit from GELC Ranchi

Visit of the Student Group from Ranchi

Recently a student’s group from Ranchi visited the German Consulate General Kolkata. They will soon visit  Germany for an inter-cultural exchange and development programme through the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), Ranchi, Jharkhand. The students not only greeted the Consul General and the team of the German Consulate General Kolkata in the traditional Adivasi style “Santal community”, but also gave a presentation of their traditional dance. Followed by a lively discussion the group got a chance to further acquaint themselves with German traditions.

Consul General Shantiniketan visit

Visit to Shantiniketan

Recently Consul General Olaf Iversen visited the Santal villages of Ghosaldanga and Bishnubati on March 6th, 2016, not far from Shantiniketan. Here the villagers are committed to the ecological production of fruit and vegetables. They also keep bees for the production of sweet honey and a fish pond. The highlight of the visit was the opening of a small shop where visitors can purchase the local groceries fresh on the spot.

Karlsruhe concert

Karlsruhe Concert in Kolkata

On the invitation of the German Consulate General, the Karlsruher Konzert-Duo virtuoso pianist Dagmar Hartmann and cellist Reinhard Armleder performed recently in Kolkata. They mesmerized the audience with various pieces of European classical music.

GK with Kolkata Sukriti Foundation

German students national football team visit to India

Recently the German National Student football team visited India. Apart from visiting social projects and youth teams, the team also played two friendly matches against local Indian opponents in Mizoram and Bengaluru. They also left a token of appreciation for the Kolkata Sukriti Foundation and Ali SK NGO in Kolkata, which was handed over to them by Consul General Mr. Iversen and Vice Consul Ms. Grossmann.

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Rediscovered: Sound file of Rabindranath Tagore’s speech in Berlin

Rabindranath Tagore in Berlin

Ninety three years back on 1st June 1921 Rabindranath Tagore, a great Indian poet, novelist, philosopher, ecologist and a Nobel laureate gave a lecture at the Assembly Hall of Berlin’s Friedrich Wilhelm University (Today’s Humboldt University of Berlin). With his speech and his concept of ‘one world’ Tagore mesmerized the audience. The speech and the sound file of the speech respectively at Humboldt University of Berlin, alma mater of Consul General Schmiedchen, has been rediscovered in the University archive.

GCC 2015- Picture Gallery

Freedom Walk pictures

1st International Kolkata Comic Workshop

Tweets from German Consulate Kolkata

Picture Gallery

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Kick It Like Germany at Kids' Corner

Germany plays at World Cup 2014 in Brazil