The German consulate will soon open visa processing centres in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, Jorn Rohde, consulate general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore announced here on Saturday.
The centres being set up by an agency selected by the German consulate would make the processing of business and tourist visas to Germany easier and faster. “The processing centres would be able to issue visas in three working days”, Rohde said.
According to him, the number of people visiting Germany has increased manifold in the recent years. Over 50,000 people from south India alone visited the country in the last two years. However, the proposed visa processing centres would have no authority to process the student visas, he said.
Rohde, who was on his first official visit since taking over as the consul general, said educational opportunities for foreign students oin Germany were attracting a good number of students from Kerala. to various provinces in Germany.
“8% seats in state-run universities are reserved for foreign students,”There are around 7,000 Indian students pursuing various courses, especially engineering, in Germany. The quality of education in German universities are of high standards and the students are not charged any tuition fees as Germany doesn’t consider universities as profit-making centres he said.
According to Rohde, German universities gave equal importance to hands-on experience along with theory classes. Still the country was facing a shortage of engineering and science graduates. He said the students were supposed to undergo internship programmes from first semester onward and the foreign students, if they wish, can work for a certain number of hours to earn their living.
“There is a 25% increase in the number of Indian students coming to Germany for higher studies. Most of them join engineering or medical courses”, he said.
October 6, 2013