India and Russia unite to further higher education

Published on May 11, 2015 16:59:04 PM
Apex institutes of India have collaborated with Russia to establish "Russian-Indian Association of Institutions of Higher Education."

The institutes include 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.

The Memorandum of Interest (MOI) for establishment of the unique association to further higher education 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 has been formed as a non-profit organization with a view to bring together the universities of Russia and India on a voluntary basis. 

Speaking about the association, Khakhar, stated, "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 initiative will not only take technological platform, human resources to another level, but also promote humanitarian ties between the two nations.