This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to German Education Minister Johanna Wanka when they met here yesterday.

During the meeting, Swaraj apprised Wanka about difficulties being faced by some of the Indian students in pursuing their studies in Germany, like residency status, renewal of visa and accommodation, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

The number of Indian students in Germany has gone up significantly in the last few years. Currently, more than 10,000 Indian students are studying in Germany while around 800 German students are pursuing various courses in India. Both sides also decided to promote exchange of students as well collaboration between educational institutions of the two countries.

Wanka told Swaraj that Germany was planning to set up an international centre for advance studies in humanities and social science in India as part of a series of new initiatives to ramp up cooperation in areas of education and science and technology.

Germany agreed to participate in India's ambitious programme -- Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) under which German academician and faculties will be able to teach in educational institutions in India. Germany has also agreed to participate in India's skill development initiatives.

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