Established in 1956 and registered under Section 25 of the Companies’ Act 1956, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) is a non-profit organization. It is the largest German Bi-National Chamber (AHK) abroad and the largest Chamber of Commerce in India with over 6000 member companies across diverse sectors. It is a part of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) located in Berlin, Germany and the worldwide network of 130 Chamber offices in 90 countries.
Headquartered in Mumbai, the IGCC has 6 other offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Düsseldorf, Germany, and 17 honorary representatives in smaller towns and cities in India to facilitate better business contacts among Indian and German companies. It has India Desks in the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHKs) in 18 metros in Germany, and in the German Chambers of Commerce (AHKs) in 9 countries.
The IGCC is a highly respected institution in India and Germany. With its qualified team of over 100 professionals, it is a significant catalyst for the promotion of trade and industrial relations between India and Germany. It offers numerous services such as Business Partner Searches, Company Formations, Legal Advice, HR Recruitment, Marketing and Branding, Trade Fairs, Information and Knowledge-Exchange through Publications, Delegations and Events, and Training.
“German companies have been industrial leaders, admired globally for their technical expertise, precision and perfection in planning and execution. One of the undisputed factors credited for the success of the German industry has been the world-renowned German Dual Education System, wherein theoretical classes are organized by the Chambers of Commerce, and the practical training is imparted by the corporates themselves.The certification of the programme is done by the German Chambers of Commerce.
In India, there has been a dire need for practical training and skill development, and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and the German companies are only too happy to support India in this enormous task. Hence, we established the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore to introduce our unparalleled German Dual Education System to India, specifically in the field of business and commercial training. We effectively adapted and applied it to Indian academic and corporate reality to create a strong industry-focussed special business administration programme. It is designed to be a win-win platform for both the industry and the students, and in turn, to provide a boost to India’s vast growth potential.
This initiative may only be a small step compared to the long way to go, but without this first step, everything is in vain. We can only encourage more German and Indian companies to participate in this model and increase their training efforts to support this crucial endeavour for a better Indo-German future.”
Lighthouse for Vocational Education and Training
Congratulations to the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) on their Silver Anniversary!
It has not only been 25 years of delivering skills through high dedication, global-level training quality and German perfection; it’s not only about sparking enthusiasm, self- confidence and pride in the students and successfully paving their way onto the labour market with best prospects, from my point of view, it has been a visionary step to implement a shining example for a unique skilling system in India for which the Chamber, IGTC and the participating companies can be proud of.
Starting with the liberalization of the Indian economy, German and Indian companies together with their Chamber demonstrated how to reap the advantages of free markets by delivering proper skills to the young people striving to excel in their careers.
When it comes to discussing role models for Indian skill development, IGTC programmes could be misunderstood as they are post graduate programmes. However, in reality they are fully based on the German Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It is a wonderful example how to evolve a dual structure by combining shop floor learning in the companies and vocational education in a private or public school or a training institute. And from the placement rates after those programmes of IGTC, it is evident how relevant such a dual VET is, in delivering a market oriented and demand driven training even to graduates.
Germany and India have a long standing cooperation in VET. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, have emphasized the high priority of this cooperation. The Prime Minister named Germany a “natural partner” in this field. During the last Governmental Consultations in October 2015 a memorandum was signed, which is being implemented in a number of programmes and projects in the Joint Working Group of VET.
I am very grateful to the contributions of the IGCC and their members for this cooperation and would like to mention two other initiatives: the VETnet project in Pune, which has been set up and is supporting a cluster of small and medium sized companies to engage themselves, in their own interest in qualifying and training their staff. And the initiative of examining and certification of training activities on the word-class level of the German system.
“Congratulations to the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) on its 25th anniversary!
‘An Indian heart and a German mind’ – that is the vision which inspired the IGTC’s foundation, 25 years ago. And that is the promise which the IGTC still makes, to each and every single one of its trainees today.
In our increasingly globalized and interconnected world, it is more important than ever to leave behind narrow- minded and short-sighted perspectives, and to embrace an open and global mindset; especially when it comes to matters of business, economics, and in particular, when it comes to training qualifications. In order to let international business relations and prosperity grow, we need to foster a new generation of excellently trained young people. Ones who are open-minded, who think independently, and who are prepared to take the challenges of an even faster changing business world to come.
After a quarter of a century, IGTC’s commitment to provide hands-on experience of top quality education, has not wavered but it has intensified.
It is wonderful to see the German Dual Education System being embraced enthusiastically by the students. They gain, not only a profound theoretical knowledge during their time at IGTC, but also enjoy the invaluable opportunity to apply their skills and know-how, while interning with some of Germany’s top companies. This partnership doesn’t only provide advantages for the students, but also for the companies, who benefit from the contribution of young employees and interns who think out of the box.
It was equally wonderfully for me to witness first-hand, the thrill, the high motivation and the dedication of the students, their teachers, their peer group and their companies, during my most recent visit to the centre.
Due to the relentless dedication of the IGTC team, the centre has expanded now, to three locations in India. During the last 25 years, IGTC has cultivated over one thousand young minds and equipped them with the skills and self confidence, necessary to take on managerial challenges. And now, more than two decades after the first IGTC generation began their training, the centre is able to proudly look back on legions of students, who have used their training as a stepping stone for a successful and exciting career.
May IGTC’s success story continue for the decades to come and may the spirit of ‘An Indian heart and a German
mind’ serve well for many more generations of students!