NAMASTE - Networking and Mobility Actions for Sustainable Technology and Environment in India

A brief description:

Through the NAMASTE mobility project, we aim to improve mutual understanding between the EU and India and enhance political, cultural, educational, and economic links of India with the EU. It will enhance bilateral cooperation in education and research, thus providing important scientific and technological cooperation, political, educational and economic links between the EU and India.

This project places an emphasis on research and cooperation, establishing collaborative framework for human resource development through training and upgrading the skills of junior faculty staff, undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD and PostDoc researchers by specified learning objectives in the field of environmental and water resource management, energy, agricultural development, food safety and processing, health, business management, science and technology and innovation.

The NAMASTE consortium consists of 20 HEIs: 8 from EU countries (BE, DE, ES, NL, SE, PL, IT and UK) and 12 from India, out of which 25% are from the BRGF region of India. Taking a leading role in the joint coordination, IISER Pune is the coordination unit for the Indian partners linking with EU partners in the consortium and beyond. The project builds on existing research and environments, taking the best from each to build up excellent exchange and cooperation. Altogether, the consortium aims to implement 139 mobilitiy flows from India to the EU partner institutions.  The implementation of individual mobilities, with an emphasis on research initiatives, will provide Indian students with more options and opportunities to study at various EU institutions.

The sustainability of the results and the dissemination of the expertise gained by the long-term cooperation between the European and the Indian partners will create new collaborative research initiatives. There are already existing collaborative research projects and joint projects with some partners and new possibilities will be explored with the new partners.

Dissemination and promotion of the project will be done strategically to attract talented Indian students (at the Master and PhD level). As future leaders in their community, they can advocate for better academic leadership and good governance in their respective countries.

A total of 139 mobility flows have been planned as follows: 15 Undergraduates, 35 Master, 40 PhD, 19 PostDoc places and 30 Staff mobilities. Two-thirds of the staff mobilities will be for academic staff and one third for personnel related to the internationalization process of the universities.


Mobility Flow:

Type of Mobility TOTAL planned Mobilities TOTAL actual Mobilities Incoming Indian nationals Distribution per mobility type
Target Group 1 Target Group 2 Target Group 3
Undergraduates 16 16 15 0 1 10,1%
Masters 39 45 18 10 17 28,3%
Doctorates 44 45 27 15 3 28,3%
Post-doctorates 22 18 10 5 3 11,3%
Academic staff 34 35 23 12 0 22,0%
TOTAL 155 159 93 42 24 100%


Coordinated by the University of Goettingen
Project Coordinator: Dr. Uwe Muus

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Last update on 09/11/2016 -
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