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Indian students in Germany need not pay to study: Envoy

Germany, a hub of quality scientific research and innovation, is keen to attract the brightest Indian minds for further studies and research and has as an incentive made it easier for students to stay over and work, the country's envoy has said. Another incentive for students is that German universities don't charge any fees. "In Germany you don't pay to study in the universities," Michael Steiner, Germany's envoy to India.

The students only have to pay for their board and lodging, he added. There are at present 6,000 Indian students in Germany, and the country is eager to attract more, he said. "Earlier, students who wanted to stay over could not, and this was a problem. This year, we have facilitated that students keen to stay over and work can do so," Mr Steiner said. This would be done on the basis of specific work permits. And, to give a fillip to Indo-German scientific and technological cooperation, Germany is setting up an institute in Delhi to facilitate the exchange of science and innovation, Mr Steiner said, describing it as "one of the defining pillars of our bilateral relations".  The German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi, coming up on Oct 27 near the German embassy here, will help Indian students wanting to go to Germany and vice versa, as well as facilitate bilateral research projects, he said. The DWIH "will be part of the Ivy League from our perspective", he said. The ambassador does not foresee language to be a barrier for Indian students as German universities now offer courses in English, he said.

Among the 14 universities and member institutions of the DWIH are the well-known Heidelberg University, the Max Planck Society and the University of Cologne."The DWIH is mainly an address for facilitating study in Germany," he said, adding that there was an increase of 20 percent in the number of Indian students going to Germany in 2011 from the previous year.This is encouraging, but we expect a further increase," he said.The DWIH is one of the five set up by Germany across the world, with the others in Sao Paolo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan)

Source: IANS

Published date : 22 Oct 2012 02:29PM

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