German Consulate General Kolkata
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.
Welcome to the German Consulate General Kolkata
States of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura belong to the consular area of the German Consulate General Kolkata
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.
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
Consul General Olaf Iversen recently visited the new plant of Gapcon Engineering Pvt. Ltd. in Kalyani. The company services the heavy calendar rolls, which are essential parts of printing machines. These calendar rolls have to be cleaned and refurbished at regular intervals.
Visit to Gapcon Engineering Pvt. Ltd
Consul General Olaf Iversen visited on 13.12.2015 the NGO Sabuj Sangha in Nandakumar Pur/Sunderban Region and inaugurated their new “German Bakery” which has been installed with private donations from his hometown Hamburg. The bakery under the management of Women Self Help Group Cooperative of Nandakumar Pur will impart training to village women to learn baking bread, cakes and bicuits and thus generate income for the village women and their families.
Visit to the Sabuj Sangha NGO in Sunderban
Modern High School for Girls recently organized “Treffpunkt 2015”, a meeting of PASCH-schools of the area. Besides students from schools all over India, schools from Bangladesch and Nepal were invited...
"Treffpunkt 2015" for PASCH-schools
A Visa Information Session was held at Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) on Friday 4th of December. Consul General Mr. Iversen and Head of Visa Section, Ms. Grossmann were the main speakers.
Visa Information Session
Recently Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata together with representatives of various German universities and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the German University organized a PaSch German University Fair. Students had not only the chance to interact with the representatives of renowned universities in Germany but also to learn more about German language, scholarships from DAAD and MINT courses etc. The focus was on undergraduate programmes in Germany.
Consul Generat at the PaSch German University Fair
Vice Consul Ms. Grossmann recently visited the NGO Mallabpur People Rural Development Society. The German Consulate General Kolkata provided a grant to the NGO under the Micro Project scheme to build a proper roof for four classrooms of the primary school.
Visit to the Mallabpur People Rural Development Society NGO
Recently, the German-based NGO Terre des Hommes organized a Two-day cultural programme to create awareness of the rights of children affected by poverty, destitution, abandonment, violence and hunger to mark the 40th anniversary of the organization. German Consul General Mr. Olaf Iversen along with Ms. Sabina Pandey, Eastern Regional Director of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) also took part in the celebrations. Ms. Shashi Panja, Minister of state for women & child welfare and social welfare, was the chief guest of the event.
Visit to Terre des Hommes
This picture was taken on a special occasion when German Ambassador to India Mr. Dirk Oncken visited Kolkata. Interesting fact is that the Consul General Mr. Olaf Iversen (second one from right) is also to be seen in this picture, somewhat younger than today.
Team of the German Consulate General Kolkata 35 years back!
Recently a student’s group from Ranchi visited the German Consulate General Kolkata who would be soon visiting Germany for an inter-cultural exchange and development programme through the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), Ranchi, Jharkhand. The students not only greeted the entire team of the German Consulate in the traditional Adivasi style “Santal community”, but also presented their traditional dance form.
Visit of the Student Group from Ranchi
Maiden visit of the Consul General Iversen and some of his new staff to ‘German Doctors’, who have been working in India since last 32 years.
The German delegation got firsthand information on the daily activities of the Indian and German staff at the dispensary at Foreshore Road, the Howrah Tuberculosis Hospital for men, the facility for women suffering from tuberculosis and the Tuberculosis Hospital for Children. Apart from visiting the ward dedicated to children's nutrition program in the children's hospital, they were also informed about the activities of the partner organization, Howrah South Point. The visitors were deeply impressed by the dedication and commitment of all the employees there.
Visit to ‘German Doctors‘