Consul General, Ms. Margit Hellwig-Bötte

In collaboration with Universities of Kassel and Göttingen and University of Agriculture, Bengaluru

Launch of the Indo-German Project on Rural-Urban Interface of Bangalore funded by DFG , © University of Agriculture

22.11.2017 - Article

Bangalore is a vibrant, thriving and a dynamic place full of start-ups and creative young people with business ideas; a megacity with opportunities and entrepreneurship. Let me welcome you to the website of the German Consulate General in Bengaluru.

As an export nation and a business location, Germany considers South India, and especially Bengaluru, of great significance. Bengaluru is where the technological heart of India beats. It is of no surprise that this region acts as a magnet to foreign investors, especially to those from Germany. The very presence of more than 200 Indo-German ventures, with substantial investments and a large number of employees, is a very impressive proof to this fact. The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), the office of 'Invest in Bavaria' and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) support and strengthen the German business presence in Bengaluru.

Business between Germany and India is booming and so is our visa section. It has always been our motto to strengthen the exchange between our two countries. We are happy to report a significant increase in the visa applications every year. This steady rise has put a lot of challenge on our resources, we are working together with the German Foreign Ministry to find a solution to this problem.
Until such time, I urge all the students who need a visa for studying in Germany, and all those who have secured a job with a German company, to allow for extra-time for processing of the application, and to plan well in advance. We may not be in the position to help everybody get their visa on time, and I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused by us

With its numerous scientific institutions, Bengaluru is a top location for research in India. Being one of the most innovative industrial countries, Germany proves to be one of the two top partners to India in international scientific cooperation. The high number of initiatives and cooperations with universities and research institutions in Karnataka and Kerala, as well as the presence of Fraunhofer and DAAD with offices in Bengaluru, show just how important this partnership is to us.

Our partner Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan has been present in Bengaluru for more than 50 years. The institute provides a broad range of cultural programmes as well as German language courses at all levels and houses a well-equipped library. Since 2008 the Goethe-Zentrum has been present in Trivandrum. Last year, it opened an additional centre in Kochi.

We are actively engaged in Karnataka and Kerala – a popular destination for German tourists.

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our activities and those of our partners.

With best regards,


Margit Hellwig-Bötte

Curriculam Vitae

Born on 11 July 1958 in Kassel, Germany; married Professional Profile Career Diplomat with 28 years of service in the Federal Foreign Office Over 10 years of experience with…

German Consul General, Ms. Margit Hellwig-Bötte

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