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Awarding Danish Scholarships to Indian Students

19.08.2019  10:14

On 17th August, the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Steen Malthe Hansen, along with Mr. Zoramthanga, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Mizoram and Dr. Vansanglura, Principal, Serampore College participated in William Carey Day and awarded Serampore Scholarships to talented students of the College.

The scholarship, meant to signify the long-lasting relations between Denmark and Serampore, was awarded to 45 students from different study programmes. The scholarship has historically been funded by the Danish state, but has since also received generous donations from Danish companies in order to be able to reward more deserving students.


The ties between Denmark and Serampore go back a long way. In 1827, Serampore College became the third official Danish University, when the then Danish ruler of Serampore, King Frederick VI, issued its Royal Charter of Incorporation. Not only did it become the third Danish university, it was also the first modern university in India and all of Asia. Thanks in great part to the Danes, William Carey was able to establish the first university in Asia, set up to provide education to "all students irrespective of caste, colour, or creed."

Last year, Serampore College celebrated its 200th anniversary and throughout all these years, Danish education initiatives have remained present in Serampore.

Thank you to the Danish companies- Fertin Pharma India, Dansk IT India, COWI India, Ramboll India, FL Smidth, Novo Nordisk India, Danfoss Industries and Grundfos Pumps India for the kind support and great contribution.