The Indo-European Erasmus Mundus Action 2 mobility programme EMINTE, was coordinated by Lund University 2013-2015.
EMINTE was a consortium consisting of 20 universities – 10 European and 10 Indian and SASNET was an Associate partner in the consortium.
The programme was open to Indian nationals who wanted to study or work at one of the ten European partner universities. It involved students on undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral level as well as for university staff in academic or administrative positions.
NO new call for scholarship applications will be launched within this project.
Altogether 10 scholarship holders were coming from India to Lund during the academic year 2014/15 (two each for masters programmes, PhD programmes and postdoc fellowships, plus four academic staff). For example:
On 2 November 2015, Dr. M. Hilaria Soundari arrived in Lund, being the final scholarship holder selected by the 2013 Erasmus Mundus India programme coordinated by Lund University (the EMINTE programme – more information). Dr. Hilaria is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Research at Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India. This is one of the the consortium member universities in the EMINTE programme, the planning of which SASNET facilitated to a large extent. She spent a month as an academic staff at Lund University’s Centre for Resilience Studies at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH).
At her home university in India, she teaches research methodology and social work. Her specialization is development research, gender and social issues, writing extensively on issues such as ‘Alternative Approaches to Empower Dalit Women’, and on ‘Self-Help groups for Sustainable Rural Development’, which were also the topics of her doctoral dissertation. As a post-doc she has carried out research on ‘ICT initiatives for Rural Women Empowerment in India’, and completed a UGC-Major Research Project on, ‘Achieving MDGs: Role of Marginalized Women and Micro-Credit’.
Besides the academic profile, she belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, and has worked practically with the marginalized women and children at the grass root level for more than two decades in rural India, while at the same time doing research on their empowerment and sustainable development. She has authored a number of articles in renowned journals and edited four books namely ‘Dalit Women: Dimensions of Empowerment’, ‘Emerging Dimensions in Self-Help Groups’, ‘Indian Agriculture and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)’, ‘Skill Development for Socio-economic Progress’ and ‘Higher Education and Gender Issues in Rural India’. She has visited USA, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hong Kong (China), Germany, UK, Sri Lanka and Italy.
Professor Jayakumari Devika from the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) in Thiruvananthapuram, India, spent five weeks as a Erasmus Mundus scholarship holder at Lund University during May-June 2015. Officially she was hosted by SASNET as an academic staff, but she was provided a workplace at the Department of Gender Studies. Devika was selected for this exchange programme as a candidate for the India lot No. 13 in the 2013 round of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 – Partnership programme, EU’s flagship programme aimed at promoting the attractiveness of the European Higher Education system and third country cooperation and partnerships.
Prof. Devika described her stay at Lund University a remarkably exciting intellectual break.
”The opportunity to engage with the work of others, from senior academics to young students, in a range of forums, was a centerpiece of sorts, not to mention the considerable progress I was able to make in my writing based on fieldwork recently completed. I loved Lund: no disrespect to Lund is intended, but it is indeed dream-academic-Europe – as pretty as Cambridge, and with solid socialist public values on top!”
While in Lund, Devika was also engaged as a keynote speaker at the EASAS workshop in Höllviken and a panel chairperson in the SASNET international conference on Structural Transformation of South Asia.
On 20 August 2014, Jennifer Mujawar, Programme Coordinator at the International Students Office, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, India, visited SASNET’s office in Lund. She was accompanied by Henrik Hofvendahl, Program Officier at the Strategic Partnerships and Networks, Division of External Relations, Lund University, and they met Lars Eklund, Anna Lindberg and Linda Hiltmann from SASNET. Ms. Mujawar was staying a month at Lund University as a scholarship holder through the EMINTE (Erasmus Mundus INdia To Europe) Scholarship Programme, one of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership programmes decided upon by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in July 2013.
Anju Giri, Professor of English Education at the Central Department of Education,Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, visited SASNET’s office in Lund on Friday 20 September 2013. Prof. Giri came to Sweden on a scholarship under the Erasmus Mundus Asia Regional mobility programme EMEA, administered by Lund University, as an academic staff to spend one month at the Department of Educational Sciences at Lund University Campus Helsingborg. Her contact person in Helsingborg is Dr. Sinikka Neuhaus.
Anju Giri has taught English Education at Tribhuvan University for 33 years. In 2008 she became the first person from this field to defend a PhD, with a thesis entitled ”Grammatical Errors and their Gravity”.