Another incentive for students is that German universities don't charge any fees from them. Germany's envoy to Indian told a news agency in an interview said "In Germany you don't pay to study in the universities. The students only have to pay for their board and lodging. There are at present 6000 Indian students in Germany and the country is eager to attract more. he said.
Steiner said "Earlier, students who wanted to stay over could not, and this was a problem. This year, we have facilitated that students keen to stay over and work can do so". This would be done on the basis of specific permits. And, to give a fillip to Indo-German scientific and technological co-operation, Germany is setting up an institute in Delhi to facilitate the exchange of science and innovation. Steiner describes it as One of the defining pillars of our bilateral relations".
He further said "The ambassador does not foresee language to be a barrier for Indian students as German Universities now offer courses in English. But, it is an enrichment to learn the German language. And it has been observed that Indians are good at learning German".
The ambassador of German Universities said the DWH will act like a hub for young talents as a house for scientific innovation, which is one of Germany's strengths. Among the 14 universities and member institutions of the DWH are the well known Heidelberg University, the Max Planck Society and the University of Cologne.
He further said "The DWH is mainly an address for facilitating study in Germany" Adding that there was an increase of 20% in the number of Indian students going to Germany in 2011 compared to the previous year.
According to a study made by the Indian Institute of Maangeemnt-Bangaloer, more than 53,000 Indian's went abroad in 2000 for a degree and at the end of the decade, the count shot up-to 190,000. The US is the top country having most number of Indian students, with the UK a close second. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of Indian students in Europe increased from 3,348 to 51,556, with the UK seeing a rise from 3,962 to 36,105.
Steiner was full of praise for India's excellence in the field of IT and German companies collaboration with Indian firms. He said "I have spoken to Infosys Germany and found them pretty impressive". In-fact Infosys is in collaboration with German IT major SAP, while Wipro has tied up with Siemens.