European Commission Erasmus Mundus collaborative programme with AAU
In another academic pursuit recently, Assam Agricultural University (AAU) has been selected by the European Commission for the prestigious Erasmus Mundus collaborative programme on the topic ‘Plant Virology in the New Era: Breeding for Resistance’. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar; Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi are other four universities selected from India for the collaboration beside AAU. Dr. B. K. Borah, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology and Dr. P. D. Nath, Professor, the Department of Plant Pathology, will coordinate the programme in AAU. The EC has sanctioned 2,953,700 Euros for the programme which offers 100 scholarships. The collaboration is for one-way exchange between the Indian universities and six Universities across Europe, and the aim of the collaboration is training in scientific-skill development for the undergraduate and post-graduate students, PhD and post-doctoral scholars, and scientists from the Indian universities in Europe. The selection of the students, scholars and staff for the programme will be done on the basis of scientific aptitude of the applicants by a central selection committee constituted of two European and five Indian scientists. The selected personnels will undergo training with a scholarship in any of the European University. The modalities of the collaboration will be finalized in a preliminary meeting scheduled to be held in Athens, Greece on 10th and 11th December, 2013; which will be attended by Dr. Borah and Dr. Nath along with other Indian and European partners as well as officials from European Commission, Brussels. In early next year, awareness campaign cum info-days for the programme will be organized in various locations across India and applications from interested participants will be invited subsequently.