[lg policy] Sushma Swaraj raises issues faced by Indian students in Germany

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Sushma Swaraj raises issues faced by Indian students in Germany
By PTI | 27 Aug, 2015, 12.56PM IST
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[image: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) enters the room
with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj (C) prior to talks at the
foreign ministry in Berlin.]German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
(R) enters the room with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj (C) prior to
talks at the foreign ministry in Berlin.

BERLIN: India has raised with Germany problems like residency status,
renewal of visa and accommodation faced by Indian students in the country
as both sides discussed new initiatives to ramp up cooperation in the area
of education.

This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to German
Education
Minister <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Education-Minister>
Johanna Wanka when they met here yesterday.

During the meeting, Swaraj apprised Wanka about difficulties being faced by
some of the Indian students in pursuing their studies in Germany, like
residency status, renewal of visa and accommodation, External Affairs
Ministry
<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/External-Affairs-Ministry>
Spokesperson <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Spokesperson> Vikas
Swarup <http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Vikas-Swarup> said.

The number of Indian students in Germany has gone up significantly in the
last few years.

Currently, more than 10,000 Indian students are studying in Germany while
around 800 German students are pursuing various courses in India.

Both sides also decided to promote exchange of students as well
collaboration between educational institutions of the two countries.

Wanka told Swaraj that Germany was planning to set up an international
centre for advance studies in humanities and social science in India as
part of a series of new initiatives to ramp up cooperation in areas of
education and science and technology.

Germany agreed to participate in India's ambitious programme -- Global
Initiative for Academic Networks
<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Networks> (GIAN) under which
German academician and faculties will be able to teach in educational
institutions in India.

Germany has also agreed to participate in India's skill development
initiatives.

"We want closer ties with Germany in skill development initiative. The
External Affairs Minister and German Education Minister discussed a whole
range of issues pertaining to cooperation in education and skills sector,"
Swarup, who is part of Swaraj's delegation, said.

Both sides are also working on a number of other initiatives to ramp up
cooperation in the education sector.

Asked about Germany's plan to set up an international centre for advance
studies in humanities and social science, he said, they are identifying a
partner institute for it.

The sticky German language issue also figured in the meeting.

India and Germany are close to resolve the issue and an announcement about
it is likely to be made during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India in
the first half of October.

As per the broad understanding between the two sides, India will continue
to teach German as an additional language in keeping with its
three-language policy, while Germany will promote Indian languages
including Sanskrit in their educational institutions.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/sushma-swaraj-raises-issues-faced-by-indian-students-in-germany/artic

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