“The Germany Year in India 2011-12 will kick off across seven cities — including the four metros — on September 23,” said Jens Buentjen, German Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Addressing the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce here on Tuesday, he said that apart from the seven cities — Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune — Germany Year would be held in six other Tier-II cities.

Areas of discussion

The areas on which deliberations would be held are education, infrastructure, technology transfer in the industrial sector, social and cultural exchange, mobility, trade and leisure.

Among the four project initiators of ‘Germany and India 2011-12' were the German Federal Foreign Office, the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Goethe-Institut, Mr. Buentjen said.

Although the Germany Year would actually roll out on September 23 all over India, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would launch it symbolically during her scheduled visit to New Delhi in May.

Culture element

Amita Desai, Executive Director, Geothe-Zentrum and German Research Foundation, said a major component of the Germany Year would comprise the culture element with artists from Germany performing at over a dozen venues in India. “Culture will be the great leveller,” she said.

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