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Russia, India to collaborate in higher education


India’s top educational institutes including the Indian Institutes of Technology in Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the National Centre for Biological Sciences and top Russian institutions came together to establish the first of its kind “Russian-Indian Association of Institutions of Higher Education”. The Memorandum of Interest (MOI) was signed in the presence of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee in Moscow.

The aim of the association is to facilitate research collaboration, faculty exchange and student exchange among the leading universities of both the countries. The MOI was signed by Devang V Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay and president of the Russian Rectors’ Union VA Sadovnichiy. The Association is formed as a non-profit organization uniting universities of Russia and India on a voluntary basis.

Speaking about the association, Khakhar, said: “The Association is a partnership between research and educational institutions in the Russian Federation and India, which will provide a unique forum to cooperate. The Association will facilitate research collaboration, faculty exchange and student exchange among the leading universities of both the countries. We look forward to the fruits of the collaboration in terms of the advancement of high-quality research and development, increased internationalisation of higher education and greater linkages between the two countries.”

While IIT Bombay will coordinate from the Indian side, the efforts on the Russian side are coordinated by the Tomsk State University and include Saint-Petersburg State University, Far Eastern Federal University, Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Magnitogorsk State Technical University, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, National Research Technological University “Moscow Institute for Steel and Alloys”, National Research Tomsk State University, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, National Research Nuclear University “Moscow Engineering Physics Institute” , Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Novosibirsk National Research State University, Samara State Aerospace University, Saint-Petersburg National Research University ITMO, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University, and Ural Federal University.

IIT Bombay also signed bilateral MoUs with the National Research Tomsk State University, Saint-Petersburg State University and Skolkova Institute of Science and Technology Russia to encourage collaboration through faculty and student exchange programmes, joint research work and joint research supervision of research work, and joint conferences or symposia on subjects of mutual interests.

The combined efforts on part of the leading universities of both the countries is not only to provide knowledge-based economies with relevant human resources and scientific and technological platforms but also contribute to broad internationalization of the scientific, educational, and technological components of the activities and promote humanitarian ties between the two countries.


Times of India