Five Hundred Indian Students receive EU scholarship
to study in Europe under the Erasmus Mundus programme
More than 500 Indian students and scholars from all
over India have secured admission to a large number of European
universities spread all over the 27 EU Member States thanks to the
“Erasmus Mundus” (EM) scholarship funded by the European Union, and
are leaving or have already left India to join their respective Masters
level courses in the academic session 2007 – 08.
The European Commission allocated a sum of € 33
million in 2005 for the “India Window” within the Erasmus Mundus
programme. For the academic year of 2005/2006, 133 scholarships for
Indian students under the India Window were approved. In 2006 – 07
this number rose to 288 and in 2007 – 08 to 403. In addition to this,
81 Indian students and 27 scholars received scholarships under the
general EM programme in 2007 -08.
On 23rd May 2007 the official decisions were taken
regarding the award of scholarships to students and scholars in the
framework of Action 2 of the Erasmus Mundus programme for Masters
Courses starting in the academic year 2007-2008, including the
“Regional Windows”. A total number of 1,825 students and 273
scholars from all over the world were selected by the 80 Erasmus Mundus
consortia offering an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course. The students'
figures include 440 students selected under the Asia Window, 126
students selected under the ACP Window and 63 students selected under
the Western Balkans Window.
All selected students have been awarded a
scholarship of 21,000 € per academic year (the maximum scholarship for
2 years is 42,000 €), for attending one of the 80 Masters Courses
selected under Action 1 of the programme. Students can study in any of
the countries in which the universities belonging to an Erasmus Mundus
consortium are located. All students who have been awarded a scholarship
are automatically and free of charge covered by an insurance scheme
against risks related to health, accidents, death, permanent invalidity
and civil responsibility. Cover takes effect two months prior to the
start of the “Erasmus Mundus” Masters Course in which the student is
enrolled and is valid until three months after the end of the course.
The India Window was operational for applications
between 2005 and 2007 and has granted student scholarships to more than
900 Indian graduates.
General information on the Erasmus Mundus programme
can be found on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/mundus/index_en.html