Union Education Minister virtually addressed the students from ASEAN member states who have been selected for the prestigious ASEAN Ph.D. Fellowship Programme (APFP).
ASEAN Ph.D. Fellowship Programme (APFP):
- It was announced on 25th January 2018, the eve of India’s Republic Day, by the Prime Minister of India in the presence of leaders of all the ten ASEAN member states.
- Under the APFP, 1000 fellowships will be provided exclusively to the ASEAN citizens in IITs.
- APFP is the largest capacity development program undertaken by the Government of India for foreign beneficiaries.
- The ASEAN Ph.D. fellows will be recognized as the alumni of the respective IITs from where they will be completing their PhDs.
- It is funded by the Government of India.
- The academic and research ties among India and ASEAN member states will be mutually beneficial for both the regions.
- It will strengthen India’s ties with ASEAN members in culture, commerce, and connectivity.
- APFP will open many doors to synergies in the field of technology and research for the academicians, researchers, and scientists from India and ASEAN.
- The researches and inventions by them will be used for the betterment of humankind across the globe.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):
- It is a regional organization that was established to promote political and social stability amid rising tensions among the Asia-Pacific’s post-colonial states.
- Motto: “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”.
- 8th August is observed as ASEAN Day.
- ASEAN Secretariat: Indonesia, Jakarta.
- Founding members: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
- It, now, also includes Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and Laos, totaling to 10 members.
- ASEAN’s six FTA partners are India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.