Pune: Germany offers many opportunities to students, professionals and entrepreneurs. The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), the Frankfurt Rhein/Main Representation (FRM) and the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) are willing to offer help to aspirants, free of charge. This was revealed in a press meet on Monday, addressed by the heads of office of these agencies.
“We are expanding our operations in Pune, as German companies find a big potential here. There are 300 German companies in and around Pune of the 1,700 across India. There are 700 IGCC members in this region of the 6,000 across India. We extend help to German companies to set up units in India, from finding a suitable location to providing trained manpower. The city is a major base for the Indo-German bilateral exchange,” said IGCC Regional Director Frank Hoffmann.
Hoffmann listed the special projects being conducted by the IGCC, which include vocational education and pro-recognition qualification. They are being carried out in collaboration with Volkswagen and Bharat Forge. The IGCC completes 10 years in April this year.
Giving details about the pro-recognition qualification, IGCC manager, vocational training and recognition, Isabell Jenninger said, “We conduct workshops for students and professionals to help them to find the right educational course and right jobs. We prepare them for their stay in Germany.”
She said there is a huge requirement for IT professionals, engineers and doctors in Germany. Around 250 people across India have benefited in consultations with us in the past one year.
Spelling out the potential to do business with companies from and in the region of Frankfurt Rhein/Main, FRM director India, Disha Shah said, “FRM is among the prosperous regions in Germany. Within a radius of 200 km, there are 35 million consumers, who have a purchase power 12 per cent higher than national average.”
She said they are already working with IT firms such as Cybage Software, Persistent and Tata Autocomp, from Pune.
The Frankfurt mayor will visit Pune in May this year with a business delegation from Germany, said Shah.
Giving details about DAAD activities in Pune, its honorary director Devi Katharina Arand said, “We provide counselling to Indian students willing to pursue their studies in
Germany. For higher levels, such as doctorate, a certain proficiency in German is necessary. However, bachelor and master courses are conducted in English as well. There is a huge demand for engineering, medicine and MBA courses among Indian students. Indian students are the second highest number of foreign students in Germany. Among the preferred institutions are the RWTH, Aachen, TU Chemnitz and University of Duisburg-Essen.”