Ambassador of France to India holds reception for MBDA-ISAE Scholarship Students


April 28, 2014 4:44 IST | India Infoline News Service
On 28th April 2014, the first group of Indian students to be awarded scholarships under the MBDA Programme of Excellence, were invited to a reception hosted by the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François Richier, at his Residence in New Delhi.
Thanks to this scholarship, in September 2014, seven Indian students will be embarking on a two-year Master's programme at the prestigious French university Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE) situated in Toulouse, southern France. On successfully completing their studies, the students will be awarded an internationally recognised MSc in Aerospace, Mechanics and Avionics.
During the reception the Ambassador said: "All engineers contribute to their nation's technological and industrial progress. The bright young Indian students who have been chosen by MBDA and ISAE will do even more. They will play their part in preparing the future of the relationship of France and India"
The seven students - five men and two women, aged between 21 and 25 and graduates from various Indian institutions of higher education - were selected by an admissions panel constituted and administered independently by the ISAE. They will be studying with students from various other countries around the world in a truly international environment. In 2015 and 2016, two more batches of eight students will be selected for the MBDA scholarship programme.
In December 2013, MBDA signed a sponsorship agreement with the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation and ISAE, thereby setting up the Indian scholarship programme. The Foundation is a French state-approved association with the main mission of supporting the advancement of the international reputation of ISAE, and developing research and the international mobility of students, lecturers and researchers. Offering 22 Masters and specialized Master programmes each year, ISAE welcomes students from around the world with a high number coming from India.
Loïc Piedevache, MBDA Country Head India, said: "This scholarship programme, which will cover the tuition fees of the students concerned as well as contribute towards their living expenses, is just one of the many initiatives that MBDA is undertaking to establish itself as a trusted, long-term partner within India's defence industry infrastructure. Mention should be made also of the backing that the programme has received from the French Embassy, which will be providing free visas, medical coverage and access to student housing to the scholarship winners during their stay in France. Furthermore, like all Indian holders of French master's degrees and PhDs, the students will also be entitled, when they return to India, to a 5 year Schengen visa".

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