Consulate General of Germany, Chennai

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Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai
ஜெர்மானியத் துணைதூதரகம், சென்னை
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Incumbent
Stefan Weckbach

since August 2011
Federal Foreign Office
Style Consul general
Website chennai.diplo.de

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai represents the interests of the German government in the Chennai and surrounding regions. The current Consul General is Stefan Weckbach since August 2011. He succeeds Hans-Burkhardt Sauerteig.

Location[edit]

The Consulate General is located at 9, Boat Club Road, Raja Annamalai Puram. Until 2006, it was located at 22, Ethiraj Road, Egmore.[1] The Goethe Institute, the cultural institute of Germany, is located at 4 Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Nungambakkam.

History[edit]

With Calcutta-based German Consulate becoming the most important Consulate of the German Reich, the Madras and the Bombay consulates were placed under the jurisdiction of the German Consulate in Calcutta in 1886.[2]

Functions[edit]

The consular districts falling under the jurisdiction of the Chennai Consulate General are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. The consular services provided by the German Consulate Chennai to Indian Citizens include life certificates and pension certificates; attestation of documents, signatures and copies; German value added tax refund; and marriages both in India and Germany.

In June 2005, the Consulate General introduced an online appointment service for all categories of visa applications.[3] The Consulate General processes visa applications from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.[4][5] In 2006, the Consulate opened new visa application centres at Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. In 2008, the Consulate General of Germany, Bangalore started handling applications from residents in Karnataka and Kerala.[6] The number of visas has been going up by 10 percent annually.[7]

List of consul generals[edit]

  • Hans-Burkhardt Sauerteig (-2011)
  • Stefan Weckbach (August 2011-Present)

Goethe Institut[edit]

The Goethe Institut Chennai, known locally as the Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany at Chennai. It was founded in 1960. Formerly located at Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam for 19 years since 1988, the centre was moved to a 13,000-sq-ft premises located at 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Thousand Lights region of Chennai in 2007.[8] It houses a library and information centre, language department, education department and culture department, in addition to an auditorium and an art gallery. The German Academic Exchange Services (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or DAAD Information Centre) also functions from the Goethe Institut premises. The centre promotes knowledge of German language and fosters international cooperation by advancing Germany's cultural, social and political life. The current director of the institute is Gabriele M. Landwehr.

DAAD Information Centre[edit]

The DAAD Information Center Chennai is a service center for Indian students and scholars established by the German Academic Exchange Service in cooperation with Goethe Institut Chennai. Established in October 2001, the centre provides comprehensive and free counselling to students planning to study and research in Germany. The DAAD Information Center Chennai offers counselling services for the Southern region of India covering Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Services include information session on higher studies and research opportunities in Germany, individual counselling, annual education fairs and presentation at partner institutions, universities or special occasions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "German Consulate to be shifted". Andhra Cafe (Andhra Cafe.com). 11 March 2006. Retrieved 10 Feb 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bengal and Germany: Some Aspects of Political, Economic and Intellectual Encounter". Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. Retrieved 13 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ "German consulate in Chennai unveils online visa appointment service". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). 23 June 2005. Retrieved 9 Feb 2012. 
  4. ^ Subramanian, Karthik (3 July 2006). "IELTS or TOEFL, must for German student visa". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 10 Feb 2012. 
  5. ^ "German consulate in Bangalore formally inaugurated". Deccan Herald (Bangalore: Deccan Herald). 21 November 2008. Retrieved 10 Feb 2012. 
  6. ^ "German Consulate to open more visa centres". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 15 November 2006. Retrieved 10 Feb 2012. 
  7. ^ "Germany first to open consulate in Bangalore". New Kerala (Bangalore: New Kerala.com). 21 November 2008. Retrieved 10 Feb 2012. 
  8. ^ "Max Mueller Bhavan gets new identity". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 14 May 2007. Retrieved 9 Feb 2012. 

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