After strengthening ties with China and Malaysia, Nottingham (United Kingdom) is mulling over collaborating with Chandigarh while hinting at a possible tie-up between the University of Nottingham and Panjab University.
The idea was put forward by a delegation from Nottingham, which consisted of representatives and officers of the British Council of India, UoN, Nottingham City Council (NCC) that visited PU on Monday to meet representatives from the Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh Region Innovation Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) and PU.
The delegation consisted of Nottingham Corporate Director Development, David Bishop, Nottingham Director Economic Development, Chris Henning, Director Education of British Council India, Richard Everitt, Country Advisor of UoN, Varrtika Tarun Mudalia and Assistant Director of Internationalising Higher Education, British Council of India, Manjula Rao.
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The idea is to identify areas of mutual interest and seek collaboration in areas of Public Health, Engineering, Geography, Food Security, Pharmacy, Bio Science and Management.
It will also include student exchange programmes, joint research and industry-academia interaction.
Representatives from the UT administration included Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Vivek Pratap Singh and Chandigarh Chief Architect, Sumit Kaur.
Highlighting that Nottingham wanted to enter into a strong partnership with Chandigarh and PU, Chris Henning said both universities can have joint PhDs and joint supervised PhDs, beginning with joint research and industry-academia collaboration.
“We have an opportunity to learn the best of other universities in the world, and it will be a mutual learning process. The collaboration will be beneficial to all institutions under CRIKC,” said PU V-C Professor Arun Kumar Grover while highlighting that the British government intended to enter into collaborations with Indian universities.
“They have envisioned the visit of 5,000 students from UK to select Indian universities every year for research. This was an exploratory visit,” added Professor Grover.
A delegation from PU is slated to visit UoN and Nottingham on June 23 to deliberate upon issues that are of common concern. This will be followed by a visit by PU V-C professor Grover to UoN and Nottingham in August.