Iowa one of twelve interested in collaboration with Indian universities

From DNA (Daily News and Analysis)

New Delhi: With a law on the anvil to allow operation of foreign education providers in India, a top consortium of research institutions from the US has evinced interest in collaborating with Indian universities.

A delegation of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which represents America’s top universities, visited India this week and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss areas of collaboration and institutional linkages.

The CIC is a consortium comprising universities of Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State University, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pennsylvania State, Purdue and Wisconsin-Madison.

“We have come for discussion on collaboration on research and academic programmes. We are a consortium of research universities and we are together for over 50 years. We do lots of things together and we can collaborate with Indian institutions,” Associate Director, Technology Collaboration for CIC, Keren Partlow told PTI.

She said the delegation was on a fact-finding mission to explore the areas of collaboration. This was the first meeting of the CIC delegation with Sibal.

“The minister is open to hear specific ideas like what sort of engagement we would like to have in India. We will prepare a detailed plan in this direction and come again,” Partlow, who led the delegation, said.

The CIC is known for quality research and its advanced research laboratories. Through collaboration, the CIC members increase teaching, learning and research opportunities.

These universities conduct funded research of $6.4 billion every year while the funded research of Ivy League universities and the University of California are pegged at $3.27 billion and $4.38 billion respectively.

India is interested in institutional linkages between CIC institutions and universities here. This will help Indian universities take advantage of the high quality research facilities of CIC member institutions, a HRD ministry official said.

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