Students of ISM can now look forward to undertaking research activities in 10 reputed European institutions as the cradle has been selected for a scholarship and exchange project funded by European Commission.
The Areas+ (Academic Relations between Europe and Asia) programme, an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project that aims to foster research, will provide global exposure to students of the Dhanbad-based cradle, the only one to be chosen from India.
Sharing the good news, the cradle’s mining engineering department professor V.M.S.R. Murthy said they received a confirmation regarding ISM’s selection last week via an email from Italy-based Politecnico De Terino, the coordinator of the Areas+ project.
“While our students will visit European institutions during the project, their counterparts from those cradles will come to ISM as part of the programme,” said Murthy.
Murthy added that they were yet to select the students who would represent ISM. Besides students, research scholars and faculty members can also apply for the programme. Applications for the project are to be submitted by the end of the year, following which the selection process would begin.
“The selected research scholars will receive grants between 1000 euros and 2500 euros depending on the nature of the project,” said Murthy and added that students would be spending more than 10 to 12 months in foreign institutions.
Murthy further revealed that ISM faculty member Biswajit Chowdhury, who is also the cradle’s exchange coordinator for the project, would visit Kuala Lumpur from October 8 to 10 to attend a meeting on the programme.
During his visit, Chowdhury will conduct a presentation on the research facilities, ongoing academic activities and infrastructure available at ISM. “Chowdhury’s visit will be aimed at clinching more international fellowships,” he added.
The 10 European institutions, which are partners in the project, include Italy’s Politecnico De Terino and England’s City University London and France’s Institute of Polytechnic de Grenoble.