Things are Slowly Starting Again
Indian Consul General informs himself in Karlsruhe
Mohit Yadav, the Indian Consul General for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, was in Karlsruhe for an information visit in mid-August 2020. Yadav came to Munich from the Foreign Ministry in February - and now visited partners of Baden-Württemberg's cooperation with India in Karlsruhe.
It was also about presenting the city as a hub for innovation, science and Indo-German collaboration in the Creative Park Karlsruhe. After all, there are numerous collaborations between Karlsruhe and Indian partners - whether city administration, research institutions, companies or cultural institutions. Exchange on potential fields of collaboration was therefore on the agenda.
Whether IT, automotive, nanotechnology, AI or creative industries: Around 67,000 companies are in the Karlsruhe technology region - with a high export rate.
Consul General Yadav was also impressed by the “Inda Summer Days”, which have long since established themselves as a permanent brand of India festivals in Germany, “even if we had to switch to a successful digital version in 2020”, said Karlsruhe event manager Martin Wacker.
“We got very good impressions of Karlsruhe”, said Consul General Yadav and Economic Consul N. Ramakrishnan during the exchange in the Innovation Center and “Perfect Future”: “We would like to intensify and support the existing connections between Karlsruhe and India, and also set new impulses, scaling up relationships."
Especially after the Covid 19 lockdown, it is important to revitalize the economy, "we particularly support projects that are directly related to India." A statement that the "India Board Karlsruhe" will further strengthen in the future, because the network is a "trusted path". This can be built on, new partners can be included - whether from culture, business, science or politics - for a future intensification of the partnership. For the "India Summer Days" 2021 there was the promise of support: "We are happy to get involved again."
The best prerequisites are also the flights that have been resumed these days (if all precautionary measures are observed) between India and Germany by “Air India” and “Lufthansa”, because business visas are also being issued again. "After the lockdown, things are slowly starting again," said Consul General Yadav: "We are ramping up the economy again - with caution and measures!" According to the Consul General, countries that do this with a sense of proportion would emerge stronger from this situation .
Public transport, metro, electromobility, bicycles, scooters, tuktuk: when visiting “PTV”, a world market leader from Karlsruhe that emerged from a KIT start-up, the focus was on Indian traffic conditions - especially with a view to traffic simulation.
After all, 2,500 cities around the world already use the products from Karlsruhe in order to be able to optimize their everyday situation on the streets, especially against the background that the world is in motion. After all, more and more are being delivered worldwide, “but nobody wants trucks in the city,” says Peter Möhl, “PTV” Regional Managing Director.
However, with around 9 billion people worldwide, around 70 percent of whom live in cities, the issue must be tackled sustainably, “there is no way around India,” said Consul General Yadav, “because 1/6 of the world's population lives in India. “It is also about the constant exchange between the partners - also on site, in order to get to know the market better, the local conditions, the customs, the cultural characteristics. Whether there is an increase in traffic due to transport in the metropolises, air quality and the effects in rural areas: “We have many approaches for the future”, Consul General Yadav and “PTV” CEO Christian U. Haas agreed: