Orange, French Ministry offers scholarship to Indian students

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New Delhi, July 1 (UNI) For the first time in India, Orange (French telecom company) will be awarding scholarships to meritorious Indian students who wish to pursue a specialised Master in France, with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offering additional benefits.

Over 35 applicants across India were shortlisted and interviewed by a panel comprising Orange management and engineering experts. As of September 2008, ten students will be joining 2 French engineering institutes: the Institut Superieur d'Electronique de Paris and Institut Telecom-Paristech.

"This programme is an excellent oppurtunity for Orange to expand its cultural diversity and experience leading to creation of a possible think-tank of high-level Indian technical managers with good knowledge of our group's organisation and a taste for the French tour,'' said Vivek Badrinath, Orange EVP IT and Networks.

The French Embassy will also provide added benefits to the scholars such as social security, health insurance, partial lodging assistance and so forth. "I wish Orange and its scholars the very best in this endeavour", added Jerome Bonnafont, Ambassador of France to India.

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