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EU opens India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in New Delhi

European Union (EU) has established India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in New Delhi. It comes with grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.

Key Facts

This is for fifth time MAHE has been awarded grants under Erasmus+Jean Monnet initiative. Previous grants have been used for chair, modules and project. Under the present award, Jean Monnet CoE in India-EU Interdisciplinary Studies aims to strengthen and enhance the educational connect between India and EU. It will host open-to-public workshops on European literature, winter schools for students around the world and India-EU Higher Education Meet.

Jean Monnet

He was French political economist and diplomat. He was influential supporter of European unity and is considered as one of founding fathers of European Union. He also has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union. He was never elected to public office.

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Government inks $31 million loan agreement with ADB to develop tourism and boost jobs in Tamil Nadu

Union Government has inked $31 million loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Tamil Nadu Government’s Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT). It is fourth loan tranche for this program aimed at building-up tourism industry and boost visitor arrivals in Tamil Nadu.

Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT)

It is $250 million project approved in September 2010. It aims to build opportunities for local communities and boost local economy by enhancing tourism in three other states – Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand- besides Tamil Nadu. This will be achieved through developing and preserving sites of natural and cultural heritage, and building connectivity, capacity, and infrastructure around State tourist sites.

It will support conservation and restoration of eight heritage monuments, one museum, three temples and pond. It will build various facilities at the sites, including information centers, rest centers and toilet blocks with facilities served by solar-powered lighting and energy efficient lighting. The estimated completion date is June 2020.

The project is expected to improve tourism infrastructure in Tamil Nadu and also help state in preserving natural and cultural heritage. The activities under the project will also boost economic opportunities for the local people. It will also generate extra jobs in Tamil Nadu, especially through skills training and community-based activities target poor and women.

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