A group of 25 bright students from several Indian states coming from disadvantaged backgrounds will be studying in France with financial aid being given to them under ‘UGAM Legrand scholarship program’. This is a second batch of such students after the inception of the scholarship program in 2018 by Legrand India, a part of the Euro 5.5 billion Legrand Group and a specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructure.
The scholarship programme, the first of its kind in the country, was launched in association with the Franco-Indian Education Trust (part of French Embassy in India) with the advisory support of Whiteswan consulting Group. Through this programme the company is providing financial aid up to 10,000 Euros (INR 8 Lakhs) per student in line with its global CSR strategy and working towards the betterment of its business ecosystem, people and environment.
On August 22, a special felicitation ceremony was held at French embassy in New Delhi for this batch of students who will leave for France in early September. The students are going for pursuing their masters in France in recognized disciplines. Among those present at the event were Mrs Dana Purcarescu, the Chargé d’affaires a.i, Mr. Tony Berland, CEO and Managing Director, Legrand India, Mr. Sameer Saxena, Director Marketing, Legrand (Group)India, Ms. Abida Aneez, CSR Head,Legrand India & Mr. Palash Nandy, CEO Numeric.
Speaking on this initiate, Tony Berland, CEO and Managing Director, Legrand India said, “Education is a key aspect in everyone’s life and at Legrand, we are taking initiatives towards nurturing the talents in society. With this scholarship program, Legrand aims to promote quality education to deserving Indian students to pursue their Masters in France which will give a life-changing opportunity and to be tomorrow’s budding leaders. As per our global CSR strategy, we are happy to initiate this Scholarship Program which has enabled us to help creating awareness about the importance of quality education and supporting aspiring students to be a successful individuals and contribution to the nation building.”
The students were visibly excited with their selection under the program and hope to pursue their studies vigorously and purposefully in France and give a good name to India and Indo-French relationships. The selection process was based on a response to an advertisement followed by online assessment and final shortlists followed by interviews. The company hopes to continue this scholarship program in coming years. So, those interested in applying next year, do keep track of the UGAM Legrand scholarship program’.