Staff Reporter

Three students to enrol in Mechanical Engineering while two others to study management

‘Such an initiative will help students choose France as a destination for higher studies’

NEW DELHI: Five Indian students have been selected by DCNS, a major player in naval equipment manufacture, for award of scholarships to pursue higher education in France. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs will offer additional benefits.

The scholarships amount to 10,000 euros per annum for each student. Three students will get enrolled in Mechanical Engineering at Ecole Centrale de Nantes and two will study management at Audencia Nantes School of Management.

Over a dozen applicants across India were interviewed by a panel comprising the management of DCNS and engineering experts to select the five candidates from different institutions in Delhi, Dehra Dun, Lucknow and Bangalore. “The long-term objective of DCNS is to encourage high quality young talent to acquire technological, managerial and multicultural expertise facilitating immediate industrial insertion. We feel that such an initiative will help induce high potential engineering graduates to choose France as a destination for higher studies,” announced DCNS president and director-general Jean-Marie Poimboeuf at a function on Thursday. He said the five candidates would be offered internship at the DCNS facility in the French region housing their institutions. “We are setting up a subsidiary in Mumbai and will begin operations in August-September this year. We will be looking at cooperation with the local industry. There is a possibility that these five may be accommodated in the new facility,” Mr. Poimboeuf said.

Commenting on the scholarships, French Ambassador to India Jerome Bonnafont said: “We would like to build on a network between India and France. These mobility grants and consequential professional and cultural enhancement will help establish strong ties.”