The objectives of the LEADERS Erasmus Mundus Project that Dr Abhirup Das Barman is involved in are:
• the enhancement of quality in European higher education
• the promotion of the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world
• the promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with Third Countries as well as for the development of Third Countries in the field of higher education.
Through this opportunity I gained invaluable experience and food for thought for my future work. I have renewed my enthusiasm to do more research. As a faculty member at a University, I have very little time to do experimental research in the laboratory by myself due to teaching and a high work load. Generally, as educators we guide students to carry out the work. Our University places enormous emphasis on research as it promotes the quality of teaching. A teacher needs to keep abreast of the latest developments and innovations so they can provide the latest knowledge to the students. The LEADERS program provides us with the opportunity to do this.
This programme has given me the opportunity to work at Limerick Optical Communication Laboratory with Dr Michael Connelly, where one can work with the latest state of the art experiments with very sophisticated equipment. I work regularly in the laboratory from 10 to 6. I have returned back to my days of student life and am enjoying a lot. Without this scope it would not have been possible for me to experiment on Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex- Passive Optical Network using Reflective Semiconductor Optical amplifier (in short OFDM-based- PON using RSOA). Such implementation will open up broadband communication through optical fibre connecting in the access network between telephone exchange office and numerous users at home, offices in a cost effective way. We all know theoretical details about the subject but to verify those things through experimental research gives a different flavour.
The EM LEADERS programme has made really possible for me to work in different surroundings. Many new ideas have been generated from the present work which serves as a catalyst for subsequent endeavours for my research. I hope such scope can also open up the possibility of building ties with different universities globally. Moreover, it is really enjoyable to stay amidst different lifestyle and the culture of Ireland. It is unbelievable to see hordes of people from numerous foreign countries interacting with one another, forming friendships and promoting cultural understanding. This indeed has a great value. I am sure that many unforgettable memories I will be carrying at the end of this program here and I will return to my home country with newfound knowledge, strength, confidence, and self-understanding. The impact and influence of a study abroad experience is clearly dynamic and far-reaching. My students and country will be greatly benefitted from my professional development work for example in terms of research led teaching. The value of lifelong learning is evident through this programme.