Recent Local Events
The Annual Alumni Meeting of recipients of research scholarships from various German scientific organizations (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Community, DFG, DAAD etc.) was recently held at the German Consulate with over 50 eminent alumni from various scientific fields in attendance. Consul General Dr. Michael Feiner used the occasion to officially hand over a grant to alumnus Dr. Sujit Kumar Ghosh for the acquisition of a dark field microscope as equipment subsidy from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to the Department of Chemistry of Assam University...
The NGO ‘Jabala Action Research Organisation’ has been working for many years against trafficking of young and adolescent girls, in particularly affected districts of West Bengal. The district of Alipurduar in the northeastern part of the state, bordering Assam, is known for very high rates of girls’/women trafficking. People of this area, many of whom from indigenous backgrounds, traditionally work as low paid workers affiliated to numerous tea estates...
During February 2 – 4, 2018, Humboldt Club Calcutta (HCC) held a Kolleg (Colloquium) on ‘Energy Sustainability: A Roadmap for the Future’. The Kolleg was a gathering of a number of eminent scientists from India and Germany, conducting research in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. Around 110 scientists participated in the event, 20 young researchers presented their papers. The Kolleg has been sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation...
A documentary produced deals with the Environment and Climate Change challenges being faced by the city of Kolkata. It is perhaps the first such Documentary produced which looks at a city from an Environment and Climate Change perspective. The documentary also highlights the changing scenario in the Sundarbans – a UNESCO world heritage site which has been affected by the climate change and its impacts. The bi-lingual (English, Bengali) film aims to...
The German Consulate General Kolkata and Jabala Action Research Organisation organized a day-long conference on ‘Awareness building to Fight Against Human Trafficking’.
Since March 2017 the German Consulate General Kolkata has been funding an awareness building project by the NGO Jabala to Fight Against Human Trafficking. Project ‘SAMPARKA’ was conducted in four districts of West Bengal (Alipurduar, Birbhum, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas) where young women and adolescents are most affected by this scourge. Under this networking project young women, girls and local stakeholders formed Human Rights Defenders’ Systems as well as Adolescent Peer Groups. Over 185,000 young people were reached by various events and activities. This conference was the concluding event of the project.
On 3rd December, the German Consulate General, together with the Kolkata International Women’s Club, organised a Charity Christmas Market in the garden of the Consulate, already the third of its kind. The aim is to offer the NGOs a platform to inform visitors about their work and initiatives and provide them with an opportunity to sell their products at the fair.
Over 30 NGO’s sold their handmade products such as garments, jewelry, bags, shawls and decorations. Moreover, the Consulate General sold traditional German food and drinks like Christmas cookies, sausages, Pretzels, Beer and the very popular Glühwein (mulled wine). The proceeds of these sales, together with those of the raffle, will in turn be used to support NGO projects. While enjoying food and drinks, visitors could watch a nativity play and listen to Christmas Carols. One of the highlight of the day was the appearance of Father Christmas and the prize-giving ceremony of the raffle, where a 13- year old fan was overjoyed to win the coveted first prize - a signed Jersey from German U17 national football players!
The Consulate General Kolkata wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We look forward to welcome you again next year!
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Consul General Dr. Michael Feiner visited the non-profit organisation H. E. L.G.O. and had the chance to interact with the children and the German volunteers who teach the children and engage them in different activities. Organisation H.E.L.G.O. - „Help for Education and Life Guide Organisation“ enables child labourers to receive proper education and hence protecting the children from child labour. At present there are about 100 children supported in his organisation.
More information about the organisation: HELGO
Visit to the NGO H.E.L.G.O.
On behalf of the German Federal President, Consul General Dr. Michael Feiner on October 6th presented Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director – VDMA, German Engineering Federation with the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz). This high decoration is bestowed on individuals for their achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm. Mr. Nath over many years has contributed substantially in fostering stronger Indo-German economic relations and as an intermediary between the two cultures has positively shaped Indo-German relations in general.
At the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30th July, German Consulate General Kolkata in association with the NGOs Jabala Research Organisation, Missing and Apne Aap Worldwide organised an event at the Quest mall. The aim was to reach out to a wider audience to raise awareness about this grave issue and to sensitize the people about it.
The main highlight of the afternoon were two dancing flash mobs which were presented by the NGO children at the lobby of the Quest mall. Apart from that, a photo booth corner kept the shoppers busy who showed support by sharing their pledge with us.
The Deputy Consul General Mr. Jürgen Thomas Schrod (German Consulate General Kolkata) was on his maiden visit to Meghalaya, Shillong in July. During the visit he had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the civil society, development aid, politics, media, think-tanks and economy. Mr. Schrod inaugurated a social project from the NGO Bethany Society which was funded by the German Consulate General in Kolkata. With the financial support it was possible to purchase orthopedic shoemaking tools and machinery for a vocational training unit where jobless disabled youth are getting trained. Furthermore...
For the official handover of the FTIR Spectrophotometer, which was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Consul General Olaf Iversen had visited the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST) on 8 June 2017. Apart from Mr Iversen, Prof Ajoy Kumar Ray, Director of IIEST and Dr Mrinal K Bera, a Humboldt fellow, who received a grant of € 19,850 from Humboldt Foundation for procuring this technically advanced Spectrophotometer also spoke at the occasion. After the function, Mr. Iversen visited the lab of the Chemistry Department where the students demonstrated the new instrument.
The German Consulate General in Kolkata has granted 21000 Euro to the Missing Link Trust for the ‘Swach Gram’ project in Kultali Block, South- 24 Parganas District, West Bengal. The project mission is to improve the public health situation of 500 households in Kultali Block by supporting the construction of 104 toilets. This project intends to become a platform for generating awareness on social issues like public hygiene. Furthermore, it will upgrade the living conditions of the human trafficking survivors and the vulnerable ones mainly women, children and their families by providing proper sanitation facility in this block...
The German Consulate General Kolkata has extended its support for a Project "Greener, Cleaner World - ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUES AND ACTION" in cooperation with the NGO Centre for Contemporary Communication (CCC). The project will focus on creating Environment and Climate Change Dialogues about the Vulnerability of the City of Kolkata, its key factors and major challenges. The German Consulate General has made funds worth 40,000 Euro availabe for the project.
The project aims to create awareness, knowledge and understanding about the climate change issues and various challenges faced among the citizens especially the youth with a medium of documentary, Q&A interactions and projects in schools and colleges. Furthermore, to engage...
Under the 8-month long project ‘SAMPARKA’ to fight against Human Trafficking, funded by the German Consulate General Kolkata, an ‘Adolescent Peer Group Training’ was organized by the NGO ‘Jabala’ on 14 May 2017 with the girls of different villages in Kalchini and Alipurduar-1 blocks of Alipurduar district in West Bengal. Apart from discussing about the rights to have ‘independence’, ‘equal opportunities’, ‘security’, ‘health’ and ‘education’, through presentations with self-drawn charts, roll playing and other group activities 45 girls made the event very lively, thoroughly interactive and informative.
On 06 May 2017 the NGO Jabala organized a ‘Panchayat level sensitization meeting’ on preventing human trafficking at Balti-Nittanandakati Gram Panchayat of Swarupnagar Block/ North 24 Parganas. Enthusiastic students of local high schools and college, school teachers, civic and ICDS-volunteers, village supervisors, local NGOs, religious leader, local political leader, panchayat members and police officers actively participated in the program with discussions and group work.
This ‘Panchayat level sensitization meeting’ ...
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.
The German Consulate General in Kolkata supports CBM India Trust’s project with the NGO Bethany Society in Meghalaya for buying the orthopedic shoemaking tools and machinery for their vocational training unit where the jobless disabled youth will be trained. The 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Charity Christmas Market was organised at the premises of the Consulate General on Sunday, 11th December 2016.
‘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 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.
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.
Visit to Tata Steel Works in Kalinganagar, Odisha
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...
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...
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.
German Consulate General Kolkata celebrated the Day of German Unity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit of the Student Group from Ranchi
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.
Visit to Shantiniketan
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.
Karlsruhe Concert in Kolkata
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.
German students national football team visit to India