German Consulate General Kolkata
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 entire team of the German Consulate 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.
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
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‘
The German Federal President has awarded Mrs. Monika Naik of Bantra St Thomas Home Welfare Society in Howrah with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. On 10 July Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen handed over the Order of Merit to Mrs. Naik. For long time she has been the anchor woman of St. Thomas' co-operation with the "German Doctors" aimed at fighting tuberculosis in West Bengal and East India.
German Order of Merit to Mrs. Monika Naik
Team members of the German Consulate General Kolkata visited the Gandhi Vichar Parisad NGO in Bankura which was financed under the Micro Project Scheme. The aid was given to empower women by providing them vocational training and helping them earn their livelihood.
Visit to Gandhi Vichar Parisad in Bankura
Anne Herms, who recently joined the Consulate General for a practice course, met officers of the Geological Survey of India, Kolkata, and learned in a session on the regional geology that earthquake hazard in Kolkata is currently moderate.
Visit to Geological Survey of India in Kolkata
Mallabpur People Rural Development Society in South-24 Parganas, West Bengal, who has been given financial assistance under the micro project scheme of the German Consulate General Kolkata, is already ahead of the schedule and the construction is going on in full swing. The aid was given to construct a solid roof for the school building to improve the learning conditions of the children.
Learn more about our micro projects:
Micro Projects 2015
Jharkhand Sports Minister Amar Kumar Bauri, Deputy Consul General Rosemarie E Hille, Indian sports icons, local coaches and school children took part in the 1st Meeting of International Trainers Course (ITK) Alumni of India in Ranchi. ITK, funded by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the German University Leipzig, implements one of the foreign cultural and educational policies of the German Government, namely to support sports in other countries...
Indo-German Sports Relationship
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) represents the finest German skills and technologies in mining and metal technologies worldwide. The head office of VDMA India is in Kolkata. Mr. Rajesh Nath, director VDMA India, awarded the “Golden Miner’s lamp” on 22 May 2015 to Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen for his contributions in promoting the Indo-German co-operation in the field of mining.
Schmiedchen awarded with the “Golden Miner’s Lamp” by VDMA
Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen visited the organisation ‘Asian Confluence’ in Shillong, Meghalaya on 17.05.2015 and took part in their conference on the topic of Vocational Training according to the German dual system.
Visit to Shillong: Asian Confluence Conference
Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen handed over a sports donation for football to underprivileged pupils of the St. Thomas’ Boys’ School in Kidderpore, Kolkata. Since 1789 St. Thomas’ Boys’ School in Kidderpore has been working relentlessly to provide an excellent education to children of all communities. “Children who go in for sports together will not fight each other later on”, said Consul General Schmiedchen.
Sports donation to St. Thomas’ Boys’ School
May 7 commemorates the birth of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the great poet, philosopher, social reformer, dramatist, and musician of Calcutta, India. Rabindra Jayanti is among the most important festivals for people in West Bengal. Cultural shows, plays, drama and poetry recitations are organized in institutes like Jorasanko Thakurbari and Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata in memory of the great poet...
Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
Foreign Minister Steinmeier met PM Modi in Berlin: Excellent bilateral ties in politics, economy and culture.
Berlin Visit of PM Modi
India and Germany seek deeper ties
Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel call for closer commercial cooperation between India and Germany at the inauguration of the Hannover Messe 2015
Deputy Consul General Rosemarie E. Hille reiterated the strengthening of the Indo-German Cooperation in the field of Higher Education and Research on her visit to IIT Guwahati. She also stressed Germany’s commitment to excellence in education and teaching while interacting with students and faculty...
Enhancing bilateral ties in Higher Education
Deputy Consul General Rosemarie E Hille and DAAD Research Ambassador in Kolkata Prof Amitava Gupta spoke to the students of Presidency University on the prospects of Higher Education in Germany. The talks were followed by a lively interactive session with the students.
Seminar on Higher Education in Germany
The audience was mesmerized by the performance of Trio d’Anches from Germany and the fusion between them and Kolkata Music Academy. It was a musical evening where ‘Beethoven met Tagore’.
A beautiful evening to remember!
Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier, Federal Transport Minister Dobrindt & Chancellor Merkel express their shock at the news, visit crash site.
Germany in shock by plane crash
The German Consulate General in Kolkata presents an International Football Tournament, the “German Consulate Cup 2015” at CC&FC ground on Sunday, 15 March 2015, from 09:00 am to 02:00 pm. German companies, local football clubs, NGOs and participants from expat community will be playing in 12 teams against each other. The aim is to celebrate and further deepen the existing Indo-German relations.
For live feeds and pictures on the event check our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GermanConsulateGeneralKolkata).
Congratulations to Gandhi Ashram School in Kalimpong for inaugurating its new campus. Gandhi Ashram School is active in the field of healthcare, nurse training and schooling with special impetus on music. Christians from Germany, Switzerland and German Consulate General Kolkata support the project.
Visit to Gandhi Ashram School in Kalimpong
Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen accompanied by Mr. Nath (VDMA) and Mrs. Pandey (Indo German Chamber of Commerce, IGCC) visited ‘Tatanagar’. He was not only impressed by the giant Tata steel plant which belongs to the root of Indian industrialization but also by the good ongoing relations between Germany and India.
Visit to Tatanagar
Vocational Training is the main theme of the comic “Priya and Ashok in Europe” which was launched by Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen, Smita Pandit Chakraborty (Phoenix Conveyer Belts), Sabina Pandey (Indo-German Chamber of Commerce) and Sandip Roy.
Comic Magazine Launch
Come to Hannover Messe 2015! India will be the focus country. PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel will jointly open the fair on 12th April 2015. Come and find the right German partners to ‘Make in India’.
Come to Hannover Messe 2015!
On 6 January 2015 the students of the Statesman print journalism school visited the German Consulate General. The school is supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. Consul-General Schmiedchen discussed the questions of German foreign policy and the current state of Indo-German relations with them.
SPJS students’ visit
For the third time the students and teachers from Kaufmännische Schule, Aalen in Germany are visiting their Indian counterparts from the Laxmipath Singhania Academy in Kolkata. Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen was very impressed with the cultural programme and the active students who discussed topics like international politics.
Meeting with Pupils
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is the largest bilateral trade chamber for Germany worldwide. Annual General Meeting confirmed the leading position of German investors in East India.
AGM Meet of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
Human Rights are one of the most important issue of the German Foreign Policy.
Human Rights Day
Orissa’s CM Naveen Patnaik and German CG Rainer Schmiedchen at the opening of a new German factory in Khurda (Bhubaneswar). The plant is the biggest German investment in East-India since 2010; it will supply equipment for Steel plants in India, to enable environmentally friendly production.
New German factory in Khurda
On the occasion of the second death anniversary of Dr. Martin Brandtner, an eminent archaeologist and historian, on 26 November 2014, German Consul-General Schmiedchen handed over the first part of the late Dr. Brandtner's book collection to the Eastern Zone Records Centre of the National Archives of India, Bhubaneswar...
Martin Brandtner - Donation of his books
Vice-Consul Schwarm of the German Consulate-General Kolkata visited the NGO Shining Eyes in Shantiniketan. Support has been given to the NGO to construct tube wells in remote villages which so far lack sufficient water supply.
Visit to Shining Eyes NGO
Celebrating one of the happiest days of the German people - the Consulate staff and the children from several schools of Kolkata came together for a ‘Freedom Walk’ on 07 November 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen met workers and the trade union members of the Agarpara Jute Mill, Kamarhati. He also learnt more on the good working conditions of the Jute mill workers.
Visit to Agarpara Jute Mill
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.
Handover at Calcutta University
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