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Global laurel for ISM

Dhanbad’s Indian School of Mines (ISM) will soon have a brush with global education.

The coal capital-based multi-department technical varsity on Thursday formally announced that it had been for the first time selected as a partner university of Erasmus Mundus Action 2 India 4 EU II Project.

The project, which is funded by the European Union, is aimed at exchange of knowledge and skills at the higher education level between 10 Indian institutions and a similar number of European universities and colleges.

Addressing a news meet in Dhanbad on Thursday, mining engineering department professor of ISM V.M.S.R. Murty said the varsity would draw a list of students and teachers who would undertake research work as part of the project. The last date of submission of applications in this reagrd is February 18.

Apart from ISM, the other Indian varsities and colleges that made the cut for the initiative are Amrita University, IIT-Delhi, Anna University, Chennai; Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta; Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad; Kakatiya University, Warangal; Jadavpur University, Bengal; University of Pune, Maharashtra and Anugrah Narayan College, Patna. The European partners for the project include Politechnico Di Torinto, Italy; University of Bologna, Italy; Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France; Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Alto University Foundation, Finland; George-August University Gottingen, Germany; Universidad Politechnica de Madrid, Spain; University Do Porto, Potugal; University Degli Studie di Trento, Italy and Institute Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

“The candidates will be allowed to carry out 10-12 months of research at a university of their choice,” Murty said. He added that ISM had been allotted nine fellowships — two for professors, two at the doctorate level, two for Masters, one for undergraduate and two for post graduate level — under the project.

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