Consulate General of Germany, Bangalore

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Consulate General of Germany, Bangalore
Coordinates 12°58′06″N 77°36′01″E / 12.9683°N 77.6004°E / 12.9683; 77.6004
Location Bangalore
Address 2nd & 3rd floor, "Cash Pharmacy Building", Corner St. Mark's Road & Residency Road
Consul General Ingo Karsten
Website bangalore.diplo.de

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore represents the interests of the Government of Germany in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala. It was opened on 21 November 2008 in a temporary office in the central business district (CBD) of Bangalore. On 22 June 2012, the Consulate moved to its permanent premises in the corner of St. Mark's Road and Residency Road near the Bishop Cotton Girls' School. Ingo Karsten is the current Consul General.

Founding[edit]

The Consulate was inaugurated on 21 November 2008 by Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the presence of ambassador to India Bernd Mützelburg and Consul General Stefan Graf in rented premises located the in CBD of Bangalore; however, the post was not to begin processing visa and work permit applications till 2011.[1] It was the first Consulate General to start operations in Bangalore.[2] Bangalore was chosen because of the presence of large German investments in Karnataka like Robert Bosch GmbH and the potential for more investment in the region.[1][3][4]

The new premises located in the intersection of St. Mark's Road and Residency Road was inaugurated on 22 June 2012 by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in the presence of Chief Secretary of Karnataka S. V. Ranganath and Consul General Ingo Karsten.[5]

Services and activities[edit]

The Consulate General provides visa services to residents of Karnataka and Kerala along with consular services to German nationals.[1]

In March 2012, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) opened its fifth Indian office on the Consulate premises to promote academic and scientific knowledge transfer between Karnataka, Kerala and Germany. The office provides free counselling services for students and scholars interested in German education.[6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kamath, Vijesh (3 October 2011). "‘Germany sees Bangalore as technological heart of India’". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Germany first to open consulate in Bangalore". New Kerala. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "German consulate in Bangalore formally inaugurated". Deccan Herald. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "India is an 'important strategic partner'". Deutsche Welle. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Official Opening of the new premises of the German Consulate General in Bangalore". Embassy of Germany, New Delhi. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "DAAD opens new office in Bangalore". German Academic Exchange Service, New Delhi. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) opens Information point in Bangalore". Embassy of Germany, New Delhi. Retrieved 24 June 2012.