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European Union to make access easier to attract India students, researchers

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Interested in Indian students, EU is building up links through their university contacts. (Reuters) Interested in Indian students, EU is building up links through their university contacts. (Reuters)
SummaryInterested in Indian students, EU is building up links through their university contacts.

The European Union is working on a legislation which will make it easier for students and researchers from India to visit Europe.

"We are working on a Europe-wide legislation which will help us (EU) to welcome Indian students and researchers. Within the next few years, we are going to see a much greater ease of access for bonafide students and researchers in European Union," HE Joao Cravinho, Ambassador and head of delegation of EU in India, told reporters here today.

"EU is interested in Indian students and building up platform links through their university contacts. We are interested in the skills that Europe needs," he said on the sidelines of a conference on "India-EU Migration and Mobility: Prospects and Challenges".

Underlining that India and EU have enormous potential for having binding ties in this field, Cravinho said that Europe has a declining population while in India it is booming.

"India has a tremendously ambitious skill development programme. Our growth is dependent on finding appropriate labour. So we have every interest in working together in developing a common approach that could benifit both," the EU delegation head said.

Both Europe and India, he said, have great compatibility in cultural terms and understanding between the peoples which would help in terms of mobility, migration and interaction between Europeans and Indians.

Asked if there will be an ease in visa norms, Cravinho said it will be all a part of the package.

"It is a wide-ranging package. This is a dynamic area in which you are surely going to see changes in the next few years.

International governance of migration is important for us and India and we want to work closely together," he said.

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