German Consulate General Kolkata
Visit to Gandhi Ashram School in Kalimpong
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.
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
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
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