Education is one of the most powerful tools which can bring about a major change in our society. A well educated person is an asset to his family, the society and the country. Parul University, one of the top ranked private universities in Gujarat believes that good quality education is a prerequisite for ensuring the overall growth and development of a nation.
The Planning Commission of India’s 12th Five Year Plan lays special focus on improving the teaching standards in India. “Development of supervisors and foremen, through suitable programmes, collaboratively designed and managed by industry and educational and training institutions must be ensured along with the emphasis on development of skilled workmen and good managers” quotes the 12th Five Year Plan.
Various applications for the Erasmus+ Program (EU programme which support education, training for students, individuals and organisations) were invited from a number of universities for the Action Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education of European Union.
Capacity Building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships.
In 2016, 736 Applications from Programme and eligible Partner Countries were submitted out of which 147 Applications were approved; CABCIN being one of them. The Project is lead by Dr. Kamila Ludwikowska, Wroclaw University of Science & Technology, Poland. The five Indian and five European Universities working together for the Project include Wroclaw University of Science & Technology, Poland, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, Gent University, Belgium, Frederick University, Cyprus, Parul University, Vadodara, Amity University, Haryana, RK University, Rajkot, SAL Institute of Technology & Engineering Research, Ahmedabad & North Maharashtra University.
Explaining about the project, Dr Kamila stated, “The Project is solely based on improving the quality of teaching in the institutions for higher education in India. Wroclaw University of Science & Technology (WUST) being the initiator of the Project will felicitate cooperation among the partners. Each European partner University will be assigned a task based on its competencies and expertise field. The focus of Capacity Building Projects will primarily be on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Partner Countries. Key activities will be coordinated by European Union partners who would deliver their good practices and expertise to Universities in India.”
The Project aims to encourage cooperation between the EU and India (Partner Country) and support eligible partner countries in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions. This includes improving the quality of higher education, developing new and innovative education programmes, modernising higher education systems through reform practices as well as fostering cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives.
Dr Devanshu Patel, the President of one of the Partnering Indian Universities, stated, “Under the Erasmus+ Action, International Credit Mobility, the students can get opportunities to study abroad at a partner HEI or even a traineeship (Work Placement) abroad. The staff from here can get a training period abroad and a staff from EU Partners may conduct a teaching period here.”
Certainly, the Erasmus+ Program will create a number of learning opportunities and prove to be a major boon for the students.