Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

European Union Ambassador visits Assam

11/04/2018 - 14:12
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Invites students and researchers to explore higher education opportunities in the EU. EU supports first ever solar park in Assam

The Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E.  Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, who is on a visit to Assam from 9 – 10th April has invited students, researchers and faculty members to tap the various opportunities available under EU-funded programmes for higher education and research such as Erasmus+, the Jean Monnet programme and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and collaborative projects in Horizon 2020.  

Over 70 students and researchers from Assam have so far benefitted under these EU Programmes. The Ambassador was participating at EU Day events organized by Assam Don Bosco University on April 9 and at IIT-Guwahati today (April 10).

Europe has 4000 higher education institutions, from top-level research establishments to small, specialized colleges, hosting about one-fifth of the world's students (20 million) and 1.5 million academicians. It is recognized as the leading higher educational destination for international students, offering both cutting edge education, value for money and rich cultural experiences. Every year, 1.5 million international students come to Europe, of which around 50,000 are Indians.

While talking to the students, Ambassador Kozlowski said “Under Erasmus+ more than 5300 Indian students have received scholarships over the last several years. In the last 3 years alone, about 1,300 students have received full scholarships, 120 Indian universities have been involved in active exchange programmes, and around 100 in joint master programmes or capacity-building projects. There is a huge opportunity for the Indian students, researchers and universities which they should explore. We would be delighted to see greater participation by students from India's north-east region."

We also encourage scientists to apply for a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships. It offers, for example, possibility for a researcher to pursue a post doc in a leading European institution. A call will be opened for this programme on Thursday 12 April, where researchers can apply.

The European Union provides technical assistance to first ever solar park in Assam

Under the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership, the EU has provided technical assistance to the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in the preparation of detailed project report for the 70 MW solar park of Amguri in Assam. This 70 MW solar park marks the debut of the North-eastern Indian states in solar parks development. The project has been tendered recently.

"Under the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership, an EU-funded technical project is supporting the development and grid integration of solar parks in India, based on EU best practices modified for local conditions as a part of Green Energy Corridor II project. We are glad that we could support the first ever solar park project in Assam," added Ambassador Kozlowski.

Ambassador interacts with Students and Local Community

Ambassador Kozlowski interacted with students on the occasion of the EU Day organized by Assam Don Bosco University and IIT-Guwahati.

The Ambassador also visited the Tapesia campus of the Assam Don Bosco University where he was received by the Vice Chancellor, Fr (Dr) Stephen Mavely. The Ambassador interacted with members of the local community and gave away certificates to women from the nearby rural areas who have completed life skills training courses conducted by the university. The University’s Center for Excellence in Nanotechnology has developed Water Purifiers for nearby rural areas which were handed to villagers on this occasion.

At IIT Guwahati, the Ambassador met with the Director, Prof Gautam Biswas, and interacted with the students and faculty members.

EU Day

Friederike Tschampa, Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation to India and Klaus Pendl, ICT Counsellor, also interacted with the students on the occasion of the EU day at Don Bosco University and IIT Guwahati. They discussed the evolution of the EU, its common foreign and security policy, and the growing EU India cooperation across various fields including foreign and security policy, ICT, research and innovation, trade and investment, climate change, energy and sustainability.

BACKGROUND: The EU and India are implementing a Strategic Partnership based on shared principles and the common values of democracy, freedom, and rule of law.  India and the EU are both dynamic democracies with a bilateral relationship going back over 55 years. The EU India partnership has been shaped by a Joint Action Plan, agreed in 2005 and updated in 2008, and is being taken forward by the Agenda for Action 2020 agreed at the EU-India Summit held in Brussels in 2016. The latest Summit in October 2017 has given depth and direction to this process through a wide ranging joint statement which covers deepening trade cooperation, enhancing investment flows in both directions, and broadening dialogue and engagement on global and regional issues, including climate change and migration.  Joint statements on combatting terrorism; clean energy and climate change, and smart and sustainable urbanization, were adopted at the summit. 

The EU is India’s largest trading partner, accounting for 13.7% of India’s overall trade, ahead of China (11%) and the United States (9.6%).  The EU is the second largest investor in India (after Mauritius), with an investment stock valued at €51.2 billion in 2015, and is the primary destination for Indian foreign investment.


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