‘Germany needs engineers, docs, IT pros’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 8 October 2018

Aspirants gather at an event for higher education and job opportunities in Germany

PUNE: The number of Indian students in Germany grew by 13.14 per cent last year, taking the total number to 17,570 (winter semester 2017-18). There is demand for electrical engineers, energy engineers, doctors, nurses and IT professionals in Germany, said representatives of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD-Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Information Centre, Pune and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce’s (IGCC) ProRecognition on Saturday.

The German consulate in Mumbai and DAAD came together to address the aspirants, who wish to study and work in Germany, at the event ‘ReDiscover Germany-Higher Education and Beyond!’ held at SM Joshi Auditorium in the city.

The representatives gave details on a slew of academic and research opportunities to the students.

Devi Arand, Honorary Director of DAAD, Dhanashree Deodhar, Information and Office Manager of DAAD spoke about study and research in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more. 

“The reason Germany is one of the most preferred destinations for higher education is because most of the universities are state-subsidised. Therefore, they have very low or no tuition fees, except the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia. Students can cover their monthly expense in around 819 euro. Moreover, students from non-EU countries are allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half days on a student visa as the primary reason to be there is education,” said Deodhar.

“Students will get 18 months of extension after completing the degree for job search. Meanwhile, no restriction is imposed on work during the job search, which means students can temporarily work at some place to sustain their living over there,” said Deodhar.

Further, especially Blue Card Germany makes the German job market more appealing to international graduates,” added Deodhar.

Isabell Jenniger of ProRecognition (IGCC) and Marja-Sirkka Einig from German Consulate, Mumbai spoke on job opportunities in Germany.

Jenniger explained to the audience the need to be aware of the German language, particularly if they are looking for a specific job. “Software programmers, data scientists, skilled workers need knowledge of German language up to A2 level, while engineers need a higher level between B1 and B2, nurses require B2 level, whereas doctors, dentists pharmacists, IT sales and security, online marketing should be qualified in the C1 level. Those who aspire to become teachers should have excelled up to the highest level of C2 in the language,” she said.

The audience comprised students of graduation, Std XII passed students, PG students, job aspirants, parents and others. DAAD and ProRecognition have their offices in the Nucleus Mall, Camp. For queries and details, aspirants can visit their website www.daad.in and indien.ahk.de or visit their office.

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