Altogether 177 Indians would participate in the Fulbright programme of the US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) this year which is aimed at promoting mutual understanding between the people of the two countries,the Foundation said here.
The scholars,hailing from various cities across India,will pursue Fulbright projects in the US during the 2012-13 academic year in a variety of disciplines,including energy,agriculture,economics,education,environment,international relations,management and leadership development,media and communications,public administration,public health and science and technology,it said.
The USIEF is hosting a pre-departure orientation for the Fulbright scholars in Hyderabad from May 13-15.
“The Fulbright programme is one of the most prestigious educational and cultural exchange programmes around the world. Since its inception in 1950,USIEF has administered over 8,900 Fulbright fellowships to Indians and Americans. Thanks to the generous support of the Indian and the US governments,this year 177 Indians will participate in the Fulbright programme.
“We are happy to be hosting this year’s pre-departure orientation for Fulbright scholars in Hyderabad”,USIEF Executive Director Adam J Grotsky told reporters.
In the 2012-13 academic year,the 177 Fulbright scholars from India include 152 Fulbright-Nehru scholars.
To a poser,Grotsky said a similar number (around 150) of Fulbright-Nehru grants are anticipated to be given next year too.
There is wide diversity in the disciplines being chosen by the scholars and the USIEF would like to see more applications in public health,agriculture science,sustainable development and environmental studies,he said.
He said the USIEF would like more professors from the US to come to India.
On how the scholarships would help India and the United States,Grotsky said the philosophy is that the day-to-day interactions or relationship building at a one-on-one level would lead to a better relationship between the two countries.
Some of the grantees,who were present on the occasion,expressed happiness over being selected for the scholarship.