The overall objective of the Action Plan Support Facility India is to strengthen inter institutional links in the field of higher education and academic cooperation between India and the EU, and to thereby promote better understanding of the EU in India and vice-versa through academics. The direct beneficiaries of the India - EU Study Centres Programme include Indian and European Higher Education Institutions and/or their relevant departments dealing with EU/ Modern Indian Studies or those interested in developing European Centres in India and Modern India Study Centres in Europe.
Mandate of the India - EU Study Centres Programmes are:
a) Strengthening and providing technical assistance to ten existing Study Centres in EU and India - This support will be in terms of upgrading academic, administrative or institutional capacities. Technical Assistance (TA) will focus on drafting development plans, jointly prepared with the selected Study Centres. This will be done on the basis of preliminary institutional need assessment. Development plans will be for the duration of 24 months.
b) Support the creation and development of a minimum of five new Study Centres in the EU and/ or in India - New or recently created Study Centres belonging to well-established and recognized higher education institutions will receive support via the implementation of a call for proposals (grant projects). During the grant Programme’s implementation, the TA team will work together with the selected institutions on the development of teaching, research and training capacities. This will include a series of co-financed activities to develop human resources, support institutions and curriculum development.
c) Information support, dissemination, and visibility – India - EU Study Centres Project Web Portal - The Web Portal will be established as an information, education and communication tool for India - EU Study Centres Programme. The web portal services will be inclusive of and available to institutions not directly involved in the activities of the Study Centres. It will also support the creation of a new and wider network of EU and Indian Study Centres and enhanced visibility and better knowledge about the European in India and about India in Europe. The web portal will host a database of institutions and professionals interested in the areas covered by the India - EU Study Centres.