French Am­bas­sador awards schol­ar­ship to the first batch of MBDA-ISAE pro­gramme

SP's MAI - - CORPORATE - — Neetu Dhu­lia

April 28th, the evening was beam­ing with the ra­di­ant faces of the first batch of seven proud stu­dents at the res­i­dence of the Am­bas­sador of France to In­dia, François Richier. The first group of In­dian stu­dents were awarded the MBDAISAE schol­ar­ship be­ing part of a two-year mas­ter’s pro­gramme at the French univer­sity In­sti­tut Superieur de l’Aero­nau­tique et de l’Es­pace (ISAE) sit­u­ated in Toulouse, France, un­der the MBDA Pro­gramme of Ex­cel­lence.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the course, the stu­dents, five young men and two young women – will be awarded MSc in aero­space, me­chan­ics and avion­ics. The stu­dents mostly hold­ing an en­gi­neer­ing back­ground are from dif­fer­ent aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions. “The ap­pli­ca­tions are out in Novem­ber, I am so en­thu­si­as­tic about the course and I look for­ward to pur­su­ing a ca­reer in re­search,” said Sachin, an erst­while stu­dent of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing, Mysore. Navyakr­isha from Hy­der­abad came to know about this pro­gramme from his se­nior, cur­rently study­ing at ISAE. Upon re­ceiv­ing this schol­ar­ship award from Am­bas­sador, Nee­lam chirped: “it is like a dream” and Deepali from Ban­ga­lore echoed.

Dur­ing the re­cep­tion Richier said: “En­gi­neers con­trib­ute to na­tion’s tech­no­log­i­cal and in­dus­trial progress. These 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.”

Loic 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 hous­ing, 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. The French Em­bassy will sup­port with free visas, med­i­cal cov­er­age and ac­cess to stu­dent hous­ing to the schol­ar­ship win­ners dur­ing their stay in France. Fur­ther­more, the stu­dents will also be en­ti­tled, upon com­ple­tion of their course, a five-year Schen­gen visa for them­selves and their part­ners.”

The MBDA and the ISAE have signed a spon­sor­ship agree­ment, set­ting up an In­dian schol­ar­ship pro­gramme in France. Be­tween 2014 and 2017, this pro­gramme will con­trib­ute to­wards the fi­nanc­ing of 24 stu­dents and young aero­nau­ti­cal pro­fes­sion­als from In­dia, en­abling them to un­der­take masters at ISAE.

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