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Federation of Indo-German Societies in India (FIGS)

Organisation: Federation of Indo-German Societies in India (FIGS) was established in the year 1971 with the principal objectives:

  • To strengthen the existing friendly relations between India and the Federal Republic of Germany
  • To promote and develop relations between India and the Federal Republic of Germany in literary, cultural, social, commercial and industrial fields, and explore and develop new areas of mutual cooperation, understanding and goodwill
  • To help in the organisation of Indo – German Societies in different parts of the country.

FIGS enjoys the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its counterpart, in Germany, is the Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft.

Activities / Co-operation with HSF: In 2007, FIGS and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) instituted a scholarship programme for German speaking research scholars to spend six months to a year at a German university to facilitate and advance their M.Phil. or Ph.D. studies. The programme has started with researchers from the Centre of German Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi.

FIGS is also organising and conducting the “Wilhelm von Pochhammer Memorial Lectures” in India with HSF since 2009, held in the memory of late German diplomat, Wilhelm von Pochhammer.

Wilhelm von Pochhammer (1892-1982) was a German diplomat who not only served in India, but also became one of the most knowledgeable and ardent friends of India. He wrote extensively on India and devoted the years after his retirement to a political history of India entitled, “Indiens Weg zu Nation” (India’s Road to Nationhood). Wilhelm von Pochhammer died on 13th November 1982. At a meeting held in his memory on 18th August 1983 it was decided to honour his memory by instituting an annual “Wilhelm von Pochhammer Memorial Lecture”. So far 27 lectures have been delivered, of which 7 are organized in collaboration with HSF. These have been on a wide range of subjects and have been delivered by an equal number of distinguished scholars from India and Germany.