Society and Culture


Germany’s cultural relations policy is part and parcel of our foreign policy. It supports and serves our general foreign policy goals and aspirations – safeguarding peace, preventing conflict, securing respect for human rights, promoting partnership and cooperation. In order to serve these goals, the Cultural Section of the Embassy informs the Indian public on current cultural developments in Germany and their background. It promotes dialogue, exchange and cooperation between people and institutions.

On a practical level this means to identify and arrange contacts between potential partners, to prepare visits of official delegations and to report about current developments in India.

This implies a close cooperation with the German cultural institutions and representatives in India, namely:

The Goethe Institut, known as 'Max Mueller Bhavan' in India.

The office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New Delhi.

The German School in New Delhi.

The branch office of the South Asia Institute/University of Heidelberg in New Delhi.

The German-speaking Catholic and Protestant Church Communities of North India.

Federal Foreign Office - Culture and Intercultural Dialogue

The primary goal of German foreign policy is to preserve peace and security in the world. Foreign cultural and education policy forms an integral part of German foreign policy. Its practical implementation is largely handled by intermediary agency organizations such as Goethe Institut, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Institute for foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the German UNESCO Commission.

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The Goethe-Instituts also known as Max Mueller Bhavans (MMBs) in India offer the best atmosphere for learning German. In addition to the standard courses for adults and teens, they also offer extensive courses or short term courses.

Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe-Institut

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