ANI Photo | German universities keen on having Indian students: Ambassador Phillip Ackermann

German Ambassador to India Phillip Ackermann on Friday said German universities are keen on having Indian students due to their good reputation while cautioning students from Punjab to submit their applications directly without relying on agencies.
Additionally, Ackermann highlighted the significant economic relationship between Germany and India, stating that Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe.
However, Ackermann advised students to exercise caution when working with agencies, as some fraudulent agencies have been identified. He recommended that students from Punjab independently verify their documents and submit their applications directly, without relying on agencies.
“German universities are very keen on having Indian students. They have very good reputation in Germany,” Ackermann said on Friday.
The German Ambassador to India said a growing number of Indian students come to Germany. “We have now 35,000, I have another 32,000 applications on the table of the embassy. That’s quite a lot, actually. And unfortunately, we need a little time to process these applications. I know that some students might be a little frustrated that it doesn’t go as quickly as they had expected, but I can tell you that, in principle, Indian students are very welcome in Germany,” he said.
He said German universities are very keen on having Indian students and have a very good reputation in Germany and that students should be very careful before working together with agencies.
“I would advise every student from Punjab to make an application in Germany, a verification of the documents on his or her own. We have seen agencies that are fraudulent and therefore I would recommend doing it individually and not through an agency,” he said.
Ackermann said India is a very interesting market for Germany. “It’s a big market, it’s a growing market. India has a very solid growth for years now. We are very impressed with this growth. It’s one of the very few countries in the world that has sustainable growth. And therefore German business sees increasingly an opportunity also for further investment in India. Now, Germany is by far the biggest trading partner in Europe with India. But I think in the years to come, we’ll see much more investment in German business here,” he said.
Ackermann on Friday met Punjab Legislative Assembly Speaker S Kultar Singh Sandhwan and emphasised strengthening cooperation between India and Germany in various sectors.
“During the meeting at the Punjab Legislative Assembly, S Kultar Singh Sandhwan stressed issues related to the Sikhs residing in Germany,” Punjab’s Information and Public Relations Department said in an official statement.
Ackermann said that Germany is ready to further develop strong bilateral cooperation with India which he stressed will further boost the ties between the two nations, according to the statement.
Earlier in the day, Ackermann enjoyed a view of Chandigarh from the Central Secretariat’s terrace. He tweeted, “Impressed by the workplace of famous Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. One of the earliest buildings constituted in Chandigarh, it arguably introduced sustainable & green architecture in. Enjoyed the stunning view of the ‘architecture city’ from Central Secretariat’s terrace.”
On Thursday, Philipp Ackermann met Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and discussed many important issues.
He tweeted, “Today Chandigarh met the German Ambassador to India @AmbAckermann at his residence and discussed many important issues… Talked about the investment being made by German companies in Punjab and also discussed important ideas about the education sector…especially the emphasis on imparting skills to the youth.” (ANI)

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