Dutch ambassador announces scholarships worth INR 3.65 cr approx for Indian students at Bangalore Tech Summit

By SiliconIndia  |   Monday, 03 December 2018, 05:24 Hrs
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On 30th November 2018, Dutch Ambassador Marten van den Berg launched Orange Tulip scholarship (OTS) during the Bangalore Tech Summit held at Palace Grounds. The 400 year old Indo-Dutch relations stands at an all time peak, while the bi-lateral trade and cultural relations founded on the bedrock of its talented people will be enhanced with greater student mobility from India to Netherlands.  “We are happy to formally launch the 2019-20 Orange Tulip Scholarships for Indian students to study in Holland. OTS was piloted in 2017 under Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) India. This year, 19 Dutch universities are offering around 55 scholarships in bachelors and master courses totaling a value of €4,57,290 INR 3.65 crore  approximately,”Ambassador Marten van den Berg said.

He further added, “India will be home to the world’s youngest workforce by 2027, according to Bloomberg. Netherlands is the second most innovative country and the fourth most competitive economy in the world as per World Economic Forum rankings of 2018, harnessing the young talent, and innovative energy from both our nations, we look forward to create intersections for innovative solutions to global problems through industry-academia collaboration,” he said. 

OTS was launched in China in 2008 and in successive years in Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Russia. It piloted in 2017 in India with Indian students availing 24 scholarships worth € 541191 or INR 4.1 CR approx*. Since 2010-11, the relative importance of German and Chinese students has been decreasing and countries such as UK, India, Indonesia and USA is steadily increasing. OTS puts Karnataka on the talent map for attracting highly qualified Indian students to study in Holland. Around 2,021 Indian students went to Netherlands for higher education in 2017 clocking 30% increase over 2016 in enrollments.

Many universities are offering waiver of tution fees for various courses, interesting pedagogy eg. Museology (study of museums), Medical and Pharma Drug Innovation, International Leisure etc. to attract Indian students.   “The Netherlands has a deficit of thousands of engineers. With 5,00,000 engineering pass outs from India and many from Bengaluru,there is immense opportunity to bridge the engineering talent gap in Holland,” says Gert Heijkoop, Consul General of the Kingdom Of the Netherlands in Bengaluru.

STEM courses are amongst the most popular for Indian students aspiring to study in Netherlands. Applications for OTS are now open. Students can visit Nuffic Neso to know the deadlines for various university applications.   

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