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Students from DU get share in European scholarship pie

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Delhi Uuniversity has been roped in for an international scholarship programme that has an eye-popping budget of 10 million euros. Students of the varsity will now have the opportunity to study at any one of the 12 selected European universities with financial aid that will take care of all their expenses during the stint. The European Commission has initiated a large-scale collaboration between 12 European and eight Indian institutions called the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window. Delhi University is among the eight Indian partner varsities (and the only one from the Capital), which also include IIT, Kanpur, Jadavpur University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The foreign partners comprise the University of Amsterdam, Lund University, Sweden and Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany .

The contract between the Indian and European universities is for a period of three years and up to April 2012. The collaboration, according to Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental, is unique because of the monetary aspect. The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window will facilitate mobility of undergraduates, postgraduates, doctorates, post-doctorates and academic staff. Out of the 400 bursaries, 300 are meant for Indian students and the rest for their counterparts in Europe. The application process for scholarships kickstarts within a week. Information for the same will be available on www.erasmuswindow15.org.

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