Marten Van Den Berg, the Dutch Ambassador on December 30, 2018, introduced OTS (i.e. The Orange Tulip Scholarship) during the Tech Summit held at Palace Grounds, Bangalore. This made Karnataka emerge as a Key Talent Hub. There are about 19 Dutch universities willing to offer around 55 scholarships and Netherlands Student Visa in the year 2019-20 worth INR 3.65 Crores in order to engage and intrigue Indian students.

Various Indian colleges are being motivated and influenced to participate in the first ever Indo-Dutch Summer School on Cyber Security in the Hague. At this point in time, the 400-year-old Indo Dutch relation is at its peak. Further, this bilateral trade, as well as cultural relations, established to increase the mobility of students from India to the Netherlands is founded solely because of talented people.  

Originally, the Orange Tulip Scholarship was piloted in the year 2017 under NESO (i.e. Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office) India. India has become a potential market as it would be home to the world’s youngest workforce by the year 2030. On the other hand, the Netherlands is the worlds second most innovative country as well as the fourth most competitive economy in the world according to the World Economic Forum ranking 2018. It is therefore important to secure this young talent as well as the innovative strategies for solving global problems with the help of industry-academia partnership.

There are multiple universities that are offering a remission on the tuition fees for various courses offered by them like Medicine and Drugs, Museology (i.e. the study of Museums) etc. in order to attract as well as maintain maximum students, in addition to easy acceptance of Netherlands Student Visa. The Orange Tulip Scholarship has ranked Karnataka the highest in their talent list for being able to attract highly qualified students to study in Holland.

There has been a 30 percent rise in the number of students enrolled in the year 2017 when compared to the previous year i.e. around 2100 students enrolled themselves for higher education programmes in the Netherlands. Today, Holland is facing a serious problem as there is an acute shortage of engineers. On the other hand, on an average India produces about 5,00,000 engineers in a year and Holland has decided to seize this opportunity at the earliest before it’s too late.

The OTS was launched in 2008 in China and in the following years also in Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Indonesia as well as Russia. Applications for the same are now open in India. Students can visit https://www.studyinholland.nl/study/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme to know the procedure as well as deadlines for the various courses.

There are many sought after courses being offered, to Indian students who aspire to study in the Netherlands and the STEM course is one of them. As per the trends, it is predicted that most of the Indian students opt for engineering courses followed by Economics, Science, Business Administration etc. Agriculture and Environment rank the highest amongst the non-technical courses followed by Social Science as well as Arts and Culture.

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