Indian Consul General visits RWU
Students from India make up the majority of foreign students in Weingarten. The Indian Consul General for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Sugandh Rajaram, came to RWU to visit them.
He was greeted by rector, Professor Dr. Thomas Spägele, and the prorector, Professor Dr. Michael Pfeffer. He pointed out the close ties between the university and India. Last year, for example, a contact office of the Southwest University Federation was opened in Pune, India.
Afterwards, the Indian students introduced themselves. Currently, around 200 young people from India are studying at HRW. They have organised themselves in the Council of Indian Students, CIS.
CIS takes care of newly arriving students from India, but it also sees itself as a mediator of Indian culture in Upper Swabia. For this purpose the members of CIS organize festivals, a summer cricket tournament or they participate in various occasions with culinary contributions from the subcontinent.
Consul General Sugandh Rajaram was visibly impressed by the commitment of the young people, who see themselves as ambassadors of their country here in Europe. And he pointed out that such an association of Indian students in Baden-Württemberg only exists in Heidelberg and in Weingarten. He was sure that the number of students from India would continue to grow. "This cooperation will enable us to link our two countries even more closely," said the Consul General.
He also promised his support to the CIS. Last year, a big welcome event for Indian students was held in Stuttgart. "We could do something like that here in Weingarten", he suggested.
In addition to the Embassy in Berlin, India has three consulates in Germany. They are located in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. According to the Consul General from Munich, the tasks of the consulates could be divided into three areas: Economic activities, i.e. cooperation with ministries, chambers of industry and commerce or companies, form the largest area. The second area concerns the provision of information about the country and the third pillar is cultural activities.