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Elite learning window for VBU

- EU programme co-ordinator fields student queries

Hazaribagh, Dec. 11: Students of Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) today received the golden opportunity to interact with Uwe Skoda, the co-ordinator of Erasmus Mundus, which aims to enhance quality of higher education through scholarships and academic co-operation between Europe and the rest of the world.

VBU is among the 12 universities in the country chosen for the prestigious programme, an initiative of the European Union. Erasmus is an acronym for EuRopean community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students and mundus means world in Latin.

Skoda, also an associate professor at Aarhus University of Denmark who is on a three-day visit to Jharkhand, asked interested students to submit their applications by February 15.

Fielding queries from his young audience, he explained how Erasmus Mundus worked. “The programme is open for both undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as those pursuing doctoral and post-doctoral studies. University employees serving in academic or administrative positions can apply too,” he said.

A committee of seven members — four from India and three from Europe — will go through the applications. Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit, language skills and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online before final selection.

The entire process will be completed by May. Students, researchers and teachers of VBU will get the opportunity to study or work in one of the partner European universities for 10 months. The EU will fund all expenses of a selected applicant — from travel to tuition fees to health insurance.

Further clearing the aim of Erasmus Mundus, which he referred to as interdisciplinary bridges between Indo-European higher education, Skoda said: “The programme enhances career prospects of scholars in terms of knowledge, qualification and skills. It promotes intercultural communication and understanding through co-operation with partner countries.”

During the interactive session, VBU vice chancellor Ravindra Nath Bhagat and pro-vice chancellor Anjani Srivastava apprised Skoda of the achievements of the varsity since it came into existence in 1992. Srivastava said they would soon have a medical college in the district.

Skoda, who reached Hazaribagh from Ranchi yesterday, also visited various tourist spots in and around the district with a VBU team led by vice chancellor Bhagat.