EU to Strengthen Partnership with Indian Universities on Higher Education


Online PR News – 04-October-2016 – New Delhi, 3rd October 2016 – The Delegation of the European Union to India, joined hands with Panjab University to organize a workshop at the Taj Chandigarh on Monday, 03 October 2016 for Vice Chancellors and academic leaders of Indian Universities and Higher Education Institutions to discuss funding opportunities for India-Europe mobility and cooperation, through a range of EU-funded programmes, namely Erasmus+, Jean Monnet and Marie Sklodowska - Curie Actions (MSCA’s).

The workshop was attended by nearly 80 higher education stakeholders, from Vice Chancellors and Head of Institutions to a range of academic and administrative staff from higher education institutions. It overall aimed at informing in particular in a practical way about the objectives, content and implementation modalities of Erasmus+, Jean Monnet and MSCAs with a view to increasing the participation and success rate of Indian students, researchers and higher education institutions, including their staff, for the next application round (approximately October 2016 to March 2017)

Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor Panjab University along with Mr. Brian Toll, Senior Policy Adviser, DG Education & Culture, European Commission, Brusselsinaugurated the Workshop.

Mr. Brian Toll said, “India is the greatest beneficiary of Erasmus Mundus, the predecessor programme to Erasmus+Between 2004 and 2016 around 5,000 Indian students from all parts of India have received Erasmus scholarships – recently at a rate of over 500 per year. New opportunities are now being offered, primarily for higher education institutions (HEIs), staff and students, meaning the door are open to even more Indian participation.”He also encouraged institutions to pass on the information to students as there are even more opportunities to develop today.
A series of information workshops to promote awareness of Erasmus+ programmeshas been going on in major Indian cities since last year. After the workshop in 2015, there has been a major increase in the number of Indian institutions who are the beneficiary of Erasmus+ funding under Capacity Building Projects as well as in the number of students who received Erasmus+ Mobility Scholarships.

“At the start in 2015 before such workshops, 6 Indian institutions received the new Erasmus+ capacity building grants for two projects. In 2016, already 36 Indian institutions from 12 states have participated in 10 winning projects, partnering with 37 European universities from 18 European Union Member States,”Mr. Toll added.

Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor Panjab University, welcomed the EU programme and expressed the hope that Panjab University along with other Indian Universities and higher education institutions would avail themselves of the opportunity to raise their academic, and research standards, staff development and modernize higher education system in India, using the range of options available to them including international collaboration.

In-depth sessions were conducted on the following topics: Capacity building in Higher Education, EU Project Experience by Dr. Shabana Khan, Director, Indian Research Academy, Joint Masters Degrees and Individual Mobility by Mr. Brian Toll, EU Commission, Alumni experience on mobility, Jean Monnet & Marie Sklodowski-Curie action by Mr. Brian Toll and Marie Curie Senior Fellowship Recipient.

The workshop was moderated by Mr. Sanjeev Roy, Senior Expert, Higher Education, DAI Europe.