German Consulate General Kolkata
Equipment handover at Calcutta University
IT equipment donated by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was handed over to Prof. Abhijit Bhattacharyya and his research fellows of the Physics Department, University of Calcutta.
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 Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen and his team wish Happy and Safe Durga Puja to everyone. Our favourite Pandal this year is at Gurdaha Nutan Pally, Shyamnagar, on the theme of the “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”.
Happy Durga Puja
On 19th September, the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj formally inaugurated the 2014-16 academic session of the new Nalanda University. The old Nalanda University once attracted scholars from all over Asia and contributed to make Buddhism one of the most important religions in the world.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at Nalanda University
The German Consulate is pleased to announce that a Micro Project contract with Shining Eyes of Shantiniketan has been signed yesterday. The support will be given to construct three tube wells in remote villages which so far lack sufficient water supply.
Micro Project with Shining Eyes
German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited New Delhi from September 6 to 8, 2014. During his visit, the Foreign Minister held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
German Foreign Minister in India
The MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata will install a new technologically advanced projection system made by German firm Carl Zeiss, to make the viewing experience more fascinating. In 1962 this Planetarium, a prominent landmark in Kolkata, started India’s first astronomical shows in full-dome format.
Carl Zeiss projector for Birla Planetarium
Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen addressing the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. Some of the main issues discussed were: Vocational Training and Energy U-Turn “Energiewende”.
Meet with Bengal Chamber of Commerce
The German Consulate is pleased to announce that a Micro Project contract with Gandhi Vichar Parisad of Bankura has been signed yesterday. The financial support will be given for developing their Vocational Training unit.
Micro Project with Gandhi Vichar Parisad
On the occasion of the International Friendship Day, there will be a Sommerfest-Concert at the German Consulate General in Kolkata on 7th August 2014. Kolkata Music Academy which will perform at the Consulate is one of the finest orchestras in India. Earlier, it was even invited by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for the festival “Der Gasteig brummt”.
Sommerfest-concert at German Consulate Kolkata
“German Doctors” (former Ärzte für die Dritte Welt) in association with Howrah South Point runs healthcare projects and tuberculosis clinics in slums in Kolkata, Shibpur and Baruipur. The “German doctors” volunteer for about 6 weeks on a rolling basis and operate in 3 teams each consisting of 2 German doctors and 9 staff. On any working day roughly 500 patients are treated in these regular and mobile charitable dispensaries. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) India is one of the TB burden countries.
Visit to German Doctors in Howrah
On 25 July 2014, Keshari Nath Tripathi has been sworn in as the Governor of West Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the council of ministers, senior government officials and high ranking representatives of the Diplomatic Missions in Kolkata including the Acting German Consul General Ms. Rosemarie E Hille were present at the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan.
Swearing in of Governor of West Bengal
On 05 July at “RE-energise”: A State level Seminar on Renewable Energy at Seva Kendra the Acting Consul General Rosemarie E Hille spoke about the opportunities and challenges of the 'German Energiewende – Energy Transition' and highlighted the importance of the Indo-German Energy dialogue. Further information at http://www.india.diplo.de/Vertretung/indien/en/12__Climate__Development__Cooperation/Energy__Sustainability.html
RE-energise: Seminar on Renewable Energy
On 04 July 2014, the Governor of Bihar Dr. D Y Patil took charge as Acting Governor of West Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the council of ministers, Opposition leaders in the Assembly, senior government officials and high ranking representatives of the Diplomatic Missions in Kolkata including the Acting German Consul General Ms. Rosemarie E Hille were present at the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan.
Swearing in of Acting Governor of West Bengal
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.
Rediscovered: Sound file of Rabindranath Tagore’s speech in Berlin
On 20 May Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen addressed the members of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, perhaps the oldest but in any case one of the most active trade chambers in Asia . Main issues discussed were economic co-operation in high-tech and vocational training.
Meet with Calcutta Chamber of Commerce
On 15th May, a very successful Indo-German Business Conclave was organised by VDMA and ASSOCHAM. Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen was impressed by the high esteem that German companies enjoy. The interest of the Press was also overwhelming.
Indo-German Business Conclave
The First floor of the existing school building run by Living Hope at Taldi, South 24 Parganas has been built with the sponsorship of the German Consulate General Kolkata. Vocational training courses on tailoring and computer are conducted by the NGO Living Hope in the newly-built classrooms on the first floor.
Living Hope at Taldi
On 7 March Shuvaprasannas "ArtsAcre" was inaugurated in Kolkatas New Town. It is a Museum of Art as well as a meeting place for artists worldwide, inclusive of conference facilities and accommodations.
ArtsAcre in Kolkata
Welcome back to Tongam Rina, a courageous young journalist from Arunachal Pradesh, one of the recipients of German "Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media" of 2013, who on an invitation by the "Hamburg Foundation" spent one year for working and recovering in Germany.
Welcome back Tongam Rina
PM Singh, Governor Narayanan and CM Banerjee at the bicentenary celebrations of the Indian Museum - sculptures and coins are displayed in a new grandeur.
Indian Museum in Kolkata
Prof. Pulak Sengupta addressed all German research scholarship recipients at our annual Alumni meeting on 30 Jan in the Consulate General.
Annual Alumni meeting
Jharkhand's Chief Minister Hemant Soren interested in co-operating with Germany in education and vocational training.
Visit to Jharkhand
The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya - jointly looked after by Buddhist and Hindu representatives of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee.
Visit to Mahabodhi Temple