The European Region Action Scheme for University Student Mobility, or ERASMUS Day, was celebrated with zeal on Friday in honor of Europe Day. This is a three-day event. Emmanuel Lenain, the French Ambassador to India, was present, as was Ugo Astuto, the Ambassador of the European Union delegation to India and Bhutan. “I miss one thing in my curriculum, I didn’t do Erasmus, and that’s my biggest regret,” Lenain said at the occasion. Tonight, we’d want to recognize an amazing show. It was founded in 1987 and has since taken over 12 million brilliant, young, dedicated students to travel across the world.” “It has been expanded to teachers. EU has allowed many to find their way, their lives, and their jobs. You can have a wonderful and life-changing experience, and discover new horizons,” the French Ambassador to India added.
Further, Ugo Astuto, who was also present at the event spoke, “Erasmus is a household name in Europe and in India because of the benefits we all reaped as a community out of this program.” “This year we are going to have more than 140 students from India going to Europe. I think Erasmus is another important facet of the partnership between the European Union and India. The important aspect of this partnership is that Erasmus is focusing on some of the major challenges we are facing together, be it climate or digital,” added the European Union delegation to India and Bhutan.
Further, speaking about India, Lenain said that students from India willing to join the programme are very welcome. “The program was open to students from India in 2004 and since then 6000 students from India roughly have been going for the programme. I am very proud as French Ambassador as Indian students prefer French destinations and I’m not surprised because we are so happy to have our old Indian students,” said Lenain “We are committed to getting more and more students from India every year,” Lenain further added.
“By participating in Erasmus you will contribute to creating a network, people to people contact, which will serve the purpose of bringing India and the EU closer together,” said Astuto. ERASMUS is a program established in 1987 by the European Union (EU) to support education, training of youth, and sport for students from across the globe, in partner universities, in partner countries across Europe. Since then, it has grown into the largest-ever program in the world for mobility opportunities and also funds cooperation projects. With a budget of EUR 26.2 billion (Rs 2,096,94 crore) for 2021-2027, the main aim of this program is to promote academic and youth mobility and cooperation within Europe or between Europe and other regions in the world, including Asia.
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