Hazaribagh, Dec. 9: A visit to European varsities as part of an educational trip has come within the reach of students, teachers and researchers of Vinoba Bhave University (VBU).
VBU has found a place in European Union’s (EU) Erasmus Mundus, a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education, along with 12 other universities of the country. Under the programme, students, researchers and academic staff of the Hazaribagh institute will get the opportunity to study or work in one of the partner European universities via scholarships, which will cover all expenses right from tuition fees to travel cost and insurance.
“Co-ordinator of Erasmus Mundus Dr Uwe Skoda will visit Hazaribagh and sign an agreement with the varsity on Tuesday. Skoda will also join an interactive session with students as well as teachers besides visiting different tourist places of the district,” said a senior VBU official.
VBU vice chancellor Ravindra Nath Bhagat said it was a great achievement for them. “More than 100 universities of the country had applied to be eligible for Erasmus Mundus, but only a few, including VBU, got selected. We have forwarded a request to the state government as well as chancellor-cum-governor Syed Ahmed, seeking permission for signing the MoU with Skoda when he comes calling. It’s a big thing for our students and teachers, as they will get the chance to visit European universities,” he added.
Erasmus Mandus acts as a bridge between EU varsities and other selected partner institutes of Asian countries, including India. The programme aims to promote higher education opportunities in Europe through partnership with third-world countries. The programme is open for undergraduate and masters students as well as those pursuing doctoral and post-doctoral studies. University staff serving in academic or administrative positions can also opt for it.
The other selected partners from India are Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai; Banasthali University (Rajasthan); Bastar University (Jagdalpur); JNU (Delhi); Mangalore University; Manipal University; Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (Tirunelveli); Pondicherry University; Sambalpur University; Symbiosis International University (Pune); University of Calcutta and University of Delhi.