India4EU II stories

  1. Dr. Neha Shreya from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII PhD exchange mobility at Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
  2. Ravi Teja Katiki from Amrita University, Coimbatore. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.
  3. Dr. Astha Sharma from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII PhD exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.
  4. Harish Potti from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy.
  5. Vikas Agrawal from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII bachelor exchange mobility at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
  6. Dr. Sushanta Kumar Mahapatra, Professor of Economics at Amrita University, Coimbatore. INDIA4EUII Academic Staff exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.
  7. Joydeep Sil from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata. INDIA4EUII Administrative Staff mobility at Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
  8. Lavanya Iyer from SRM University, Chennai. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany.
  9. Dr. Ajay Patil from University of Pune. INDIA4EUII PostDoc mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.
  10. Dr. Shankar Dattatray Nawale from University of Pune. INDIA4EUII PostDoc mobility at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.
  11. Dr. Vasant Matsagar from IITD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. INDIA4EUII Academic Staff exchange mobility at École Centrale de Nantes, France.
  12. Dr. Supriya Subramani from VIT University, Tamil Nadu. INDIA4EUII PostDoc exchange mobility at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
  13. Gaurav Das. INDIA4EUII master full degree at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
  14. Dr. Vivek Vishal Sharma from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. INDIA4EUII PhD exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy
  15. (VIDEO) Arnab Dutta from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany.
  16. Dineshkumar Rajagopal from Anna University, Chennai. INDIA4EUII master full degree at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.
  17. Dr. Mahendra Singh from University of Pune. INDIA4EUII PhD full degree at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

  1. Dr. Neha Shreya from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII PhD exchange mobility at Universidade do Porto, Portugal.

    Being an Erasmus not only enhanced my professional skills, knowledge on innovative techniques, new instruments and software as well as the contacts with eminent scientists but also strongly enriched my future studies and helped me in my prospective career.

    Erasmus contrived me more focused on my goals, more confident about my work, increased presentation skills, made me an internationally recognized person, changed my outlook in every sphere of life, and thus helped me to develop as a more mature and professional personage.

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    (VIDEO) - "Happy" by ESNPorto":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWhGWO5T6ig 

    (VIDEO) - "Jai ho song performance by Neha Shreya and friends @ EMA 2 Certificate Award Ceremony":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLZkVh-z644 

  2. Ravi Teja Katiki from Amrita University, Coimbatore. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.

    It was the turning point of my career as well as my life.

    At first, I was first reluctant to participated in exchange program, tough I was the first candidate to start the process to apply for Erasmus Mundus India4EU.Since I might miss the job opportunities & on campus placement, they start in December of academic year.

    Looking back, I felt it was the BEST thing ever happened to me, it was the greatest opportunity to experience the finest education system in Europe and Its privilege to study in University of Bologna, Italy(UNIBO) the world’s oldest university.

  3. Dr. Astha Sharma from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII PhD exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.

    In 2012, I joined Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad as a PhD student. In year 2013, I got a scholarship from Erasmus Mundus India4eu II, to join University of Bologna, Italy as a doctoral exchange student in Department of Electronics and Telecommunication. Erasmus provided me a huge platform for growing my interest in research field. Here, I met experts working in the research domain of Cognitive Radio. They enabled me to learn under their esteemed supervision. It was a challenge for me to meet their fast pace of learning, and attaining their knowledge was an uphill task. But the generous attitude of my seniors and supervisor made me feel comfortable, hence relaxed my nerves. The moral support provided by them helped me in my endeavor of learning. The amount of knowledge gained during my work tenure in Italy opened new horizons to carry out my research, after returning back to my country.
    Apart from work life, I made numerous friends of different cultures that made me believe that though from different countries, yet there is similarity between us. The human nature is same, apart from language and looks may be different. So I became an eternal part of their family and enjoyed staying with them. Italian people are really very humble, generous and supportive. Efforts were also made by me to learn basic Italian, which helped me interact more freely with people out there. Being a foodie, I enjoyed exploring new Italian dishes; no doubt Gelato (Italian ice-cream) was my all time favorite. Generally, Italy is been known for its architecture, music, fashion, cuisine, sculpture, theatre and education. Overall, staying in Italy had been a wonderful experience and I will always nurture as a treasure throughout my life.

    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

  4. Harish Potti from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy.

    My India4EUII Experience in Trento

    I am Harish Potti, Integrated M.Sc. Physics student, would like to share my experience as an Erasmus Mundus grantee.

    I spent 10 beautiful months at University of Trento, Italy as an exchange student.
    I never imagined that I will ever get a chance to go to Europe and study in such a renowned university. India4EUII project is like a dream came true for me. The university staff and faculty members are very friendly. They helped me a lot in initial days to adjust with Italian culture. Physics labs at the university are truly of international standards. I also got an opportunity to work on the state of the art dark matter experiment called Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

    I cannot describe with words how amazed & happy I felt when I saw snow falling in Trento for the first time in my life. Thanks to Erasmus, I was able to make a lot of friends from different parts of the world. We went to many trips, hiking and swimming together. 

    I sincerely thank Erasmus Mundus project for giving me an wonderful opportunity to exchange scientific and cultural knowledge and broaden my thinking.

  5. Vikas Agrawal from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. INDIA4EUII bachelor exchange mobility at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

    I interacted with exchange students from different parts of the world, thereby enhancing both academic and cultural skills.

  6. Dr. Sushanta Kumar Mahapatra, Professor of Economics at Amrita University, Coimbatore. INDIA4EUII Academic Staff exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.

    Academic experience at the host University
    I have participated with various academic activities of the hosting department such as seminars, workshops, PhD seminar and found extremely useful and interesting. Staying at host University of Bologna, Italy was pleasant and good academic atmosphere. All the staffs, students and faculty are cordial and helpful in various stages of the work.

  7. Joydeep Sil from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata. INDIA4EUII Administrative Staff mobility at Universidade do Porto, Portugal.

    I was on a one-month ‘Staff Mobility’ under ‘India4EU-II’ programme during April, 2014. My host university was University of Porto, Portugal. My experience of Erasmus Mundus mobility programme had been very positive all throughout. It opened up a platform for educational, cultural and social exchange - much above my level of expectations! I was immensely benefited so far as my professional knowledge development is concerned. The warmth and hospitality of the officials of my host University of Porto, Portugal, as well as, the local population were definitely a big 'plus'!

  8. Lavanya Iyer from SRM University, Chennai. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany.

    I am Lavanya Iyer, a former India4EUII fellowship holder. I received the fellowship for pursuing my entire Master degree- Msc. Molecular Medicine for 22 months in Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany between 2013-15.
    One word to describe this period- "Phenomenal". In a myriad of ways, this fellowship changed and moulded both, my professional and personal experiences. Living an academic dream, I was able to travel, sustain comfortably, work and choose my projects freely, allowing me to imbibe a plethora of cultures, scientific progress as well as opportunities for higher education. India4EUII laid an excellent and strong foundation for me to build on my visions and pursue my ambitions. Hence, I would thank the foundation for giving me this honour!

  9. Dr. Ajay Patil from University of Pune. INDIA4EUII PostDoc mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy.

    I am thankful to Erasmus and India4EUII consortium for offering me postdoctoral scholarship.

    I have chosen India4EuII for my first postdoctoral stay in University of Bologna, Italy. It helped me to acquire higher level in my research. I have experienced the great academic and cultural diversity. Off course these experiences transformed me in professional with very high social competence and relationships beyond work with my european colleagues.

    This has initiated many collaborative research efforts which I consider as the major outcome of the exchange programme. I will always cherish the time spent during this programme which was an important step for my further career. Greetings to India4EUII consortium for successful exchange programmes and I am looking forward for the great academic co-operation between India and Europe.

  10. Dr. Shankar Dattatray Nawale from University of Pune. INDIA4EUII PostDoc mobility at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

    It is being my honor to get selected through this prestigious ten months fellowship, to carry over my Post-Doctoral research at LCIS Lab, ESISAR of Grenoble-INP, France from 1st January to 31st October, 2014. This has provided a platform for the young researcher like me, in terms of facilities, exposure and financial assistance. Overall coordination, information flow, and logistic arrangements were up to the mark. The technical support and the research facilities available at LCIS Lab, ESISAR of Grenoble-INP, France are also remarkable. The Professors and the Administrative staff deserve the appreciation, here. I personally feel that this kind of initiative by European Commission through ‘INDIA 4EU II’ Program, for the Developing Countries like India, has helped the bright students and the young researchers of this country, to boost their personal and professional career which will directly or indirectly contribute towards the betterment of the society. Thanks to European Commission!

  11. Dr. Vasant Matsagar from IITD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. INDIA4EUII Academic Staff exchange mobility at École Centrale de Nantes, France.

    I have carried out a research project on "Medium to High Strain Rate Characterisation of CFRP Laminates and Fabrics" in collaboration with Prof. Christophe Binetruy in the Institut de Recherche en Génie Civil et Mécanique, which is a Research Institute in Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) France, under the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 India4EU II Research Stay programme in the winters of year 2013. Overall, the research stay at the ECN remained quite fulfilling experience, both in terms of exchange of technical know-how and furthering research collaboration as well as in terms of knowing each others’ cultures and societies. The experimental research conducted collaboratively by us at the ECN has been a milestone in our pursuit towards employing the advanced engineered materials for improving resilience of structures against dynamic loadings in structural engineering. The mobility programme funded by the India4EU-II facilitated in bringing us together and knowing each others’ strengths to complement while pursuing the common research agenda. Certainly, we are looking forward for more such opportunities under the Erasmus Mundus programmes in internationalizing academic research.

  12. Dr. Supriya Subramani from VIT University, Tamil Nadu. INDIA4EUII PostDoc exchange mobility at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

    Erasmus Mundus experience report: My treasure

    It was my dream to get a chance to pursue my postdoctoral research in Europe. Finally it became true through the Erasmus Mundus program. The laboratory where I worked at Madrid was world class research lab. I got exposure and hands on experience with many analytical instruments like powder X-ray diffraction, FTIR, Reflectance spectrum analysis, Raman spectra and Thermal analysis which are essential for my research activities.
    Indeed, It is a prestigious award in my life. I learned how to be professional researcher through this Erasmus Mundus fellowship. I would like to thank the university staff members and particularly I am grateful to my professor. Francisco Fernández Martínez for accepting me as his postdoctoral student. During this period I published 3 international research articles in reputed journals. The amount of knowledge gained during my postdoctoral work in Madrid University will be wonderful platform for my future research.
    It was the greatest opportunity for me to learn the best education and research system in Europe and it is my privilege that I pursued my postdoctoral research in Technical University of Madrid. I feel very much proud to say that I completed not only a postdoctoral research; also, I am an awardee of prestigious Action 2 Erasmus mundus fellowship.
    My stay in Madrid was a wonderful, unforgettable experience and this opportunity is always really a treasure in my research career.

    My official website:

    https://sites.google.com/site/aboutsupriyas/ 

  13. Gaurav Das. INDIA4EUII master full degree at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

    Erasmus Mundus experience report: My life changer

    I am Gaurav Das, I come from a typical middle class family from India. Like millions of others in my country I too had a dream of studying abroad, meeting international people, travelling, intercultural experience etc. I had the enthusiasm, motivation, grades and determination to do it all. There was one problem, I lacked the platform and funds. Receiving this selective prestigious grant from the EU was very decisive for my life and studies. So in May of 2013 I finally received an email from EU and Aalto University that I have been selected for this prestigious award for an entire master’s degree. My first reaction was that of content and happiness. But there was one slight issue, I had already decided to do my master’s degree in Germany. My residence permit, air tickets, insurance, bank account etc were all secured and I was in total confusion. Moreover I was about to leave for Paris in June 2013 for a summer internship. It was 2 weeks after deadline that I received a notification from EU requesting my written decision. It was a very hard decision for me and I decided to head for Aalto University, Finland in Northern Europe. My family members questioned my decision as it seemed to be a very cold country. Now I am here and have never looked back ever since. I was fortunate to experience top notch European and Finnish education which is considered to be one of the best.

    The University structure, education system and assignment methodology was very different from India. There is heavy use of IT which took me a while to get used to.
    I loved the education system, methodology of the University. I preferred the method where learning is gradual and on rolling basis. The teaching methods were very good and professors very helpful. Most courses were very application oriented and hence interesting to pursue. I had the freedom to choose a variety of courses from arts, history, food, engineering etc which was very interesting for me. This greatly increased my horizons and perspective of the world. In India our system doesn’t allow engineers to pursue non-engineering courses in our degrees. I was always very active and made best use of university platforms, contacts and networking events. The mentoring program was especially helpful. The University family friend program was also very pleasant and I could celebrate a real Finnish christmas. The networking and social events provided by EU-Aalto consortium was also very pleasant.
    Aalto University has a very lively student life. There are more than 100 different student associations to choose from to suit one’s hobby and interest group. I was very active in AYY, AIESEC, BEST. The Universities and student unions actively promote students which gives them greater motivation and recognition.

    I could experience so much fun events and parties. I learnt a great deal about Finnish culture and ways. I learnt a great deal about recycling and sustainability. I made many good friends and contacts from all over the world.

    The food was very different from India but the student cafeteria food was surprisingly good and cheap. I made Finnish friends so I had opportunity to see Finnish house hold, food and their summer houses. I really loved the fish delicacies and Karelian pies among others. I really loved the Finnish sport Molkky. I also experienced the first snow in my life.

    I also travelled in Finland in many occasions and could experience the beautiful and clean nature. I especially loved Lapland and the great northern wilderness. I stepped foot in the arctic sea and had rein deer safari.

    I was always amazed by the cleanliness and perfection of things. The summer is also very beautiful in Finland.

    I realized that the world is too big and amazing to be kept unexplored no matter where you come from.
    I encourage the students out there to apply for this wonderful opportunity. My deepest thanks to Aalto University, EU Erasmus Mundus INDIA4EU II consortium and all staff members for providing me with this life changing opportunity.

  14. Dr. Vivek Vishal Sharma from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. INDIA4EUII PhD exchange mobility at Università di Bologna, Italy

    I, Vivek Sharma, have soon completed my PhD in the Department of Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna, Italy. I was selected for the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 India4EU II program sponsored by the European Commission for pursuing a PhD in Bologna. I came to Bologna from my hometown in India on December 15, 2013. Soon, after arriving at Bologna, I had to complete all the bureaucratic procedures regarding enrolment at the University, opening of the bank account for receiving scholarships, applying for the permesso di soggiorno etc. In all these due processes, I got ample support from the International office at the University.
    I started my PhD soon after under the supervision of Prof. Domenica Tonelli in the field of Electroanalytical Chemistry. Initially, it was not easy getting along with life in a different country, but slowly I got used to the culture and lifestyle here and from thereon things were straightforward, whether it was buying groceries from the supermarket or shopping for Indian spices across the city.
    Meanwhile, I travelled across Italy during holidays to see and explore this beautiful country. During the month of August, the University is closed on account of vacations and I travelled across Europe visiting Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. Coming from India, it was wonderful to explore the diversity of Europe, in its different languages, colours and lifestyle.
    My PhD also offered me the opportunity to present my work in a couple of Conferences. The first one was held at Rimini, Italy which was a National symposium with PhD, post-docs and researchers from all over Italy. The second one was an International conference held at Bad Herrenalb, Germany seeing participation from some of the most exciting researchers across the world working in the field of electrochemistry. I learnt a lot networking with some of the foremost researchers in my field, gaining new insights on existing and prospective research areas in Electrochemistry and Materials science. So far, I have also published two papers in leading scientific Journals and is currently working on the third.
    Life in Bologna has been pleasant, as it is not a very big city with plenty of green spaces, especially close to my department. The transport system is quite efficient and the network of buses can easily take you from one corner of the city to the other. There are also plenty of public libraries in the city which one can become a member of. I had applied for membership of the Sala Borsa which is at the city centre and close to where I live. The membership is free and I have often issued books from there.
    Soon after coming to Bologna, my friends who had come to Bologna before me, had advised me to become a member of the Erasmus Students Network (ESN). ESN regularly organizes trips across Italy, or visits to pubs, wine tasting etc. which is always a lot of fun and gives you the opportunity to make friends from other exchange programs. I tried to participate in as many events as I could.
    I visited my hometown once last year, during the Pasqua break. It was a brief visit but was worth it. I am planning to go home for a second time at the end of PhD, in December 2016.
    Since, the PhD is of only 3 years, it gets quite hectic at times, balancing life and work. But it is one which I have enjoyed and learnt a lot from. I would do an Erasmus Mundus experience anytime if offered once again.

  15. (VIDEO) Arnab Dutta from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. INDIA4EUII master exchange mobility at Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany.

    Video - "tuBEMATES ERASMUS MUNDUS competition _ Arnab Dutta":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n61cuOCoUbk&spfreload=5 

  16. Dineshkumar Rajagopal from Anna University, Chennai. INDIA4EUII master full degree at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

    Time is dividend into B.C(Before Christ) and A.D like that my life(Erasmus Mundus scholarship grantees life) can be divided into B.EM(Before EM scholarship) and A.EM(After EM scholarship). Whatever I am going to tell below are my dream that was realized only  after my scholarship and that was my life's turning point also. Erasmus Mundus scholarship is not giving an opportunity to learn a course, it is an opportunity to do research in highly qualified labs with highly trained professionals, researchers and an opportunity to grow international community, explore different culture and beauties of Europe.

  17. Dr. Mahendra Singh from University of Pune. INDIA4EUII PhD full degree at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

    Erasmus Mundus... A New Dawn

    I feel immense pleasure to write about the Erasmus mundus program. I got accepted to pursue my PhD under the India4EU program from Grenoble-INP, France. It was a great opportunity for me to full- fills my dream of higher education in abroad. Being the part of this program I traveled several European countries and experienced the rich European culture. In addition, it also offered me a new language skill that helped me to develop my soft skills with international recognition. Further, I got chance to make amazing international friends. Eventually I would like to say Erasmus gave a new perspective to my social and professional career.