An Association of Institutions of Higher Education will be set up for improving academic ties between India and the Russian Federation.
A Memorandum of Interest (MoI) was signed Friday night between the President of India Pranab Mukherjee and President of the Russian Rectors’ Union V A Sadovnichy in Moscow. IIT Bombay will lead the efforts from the Indian side.
The aim is to set up a common platform for exchange programmes for students that is expected to ensure better exchange of research facilities between the two countries.
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IIT Bombay Director Devang V Khakhar, said, “The Association will facilitate research collaboration between leading universities of the two countries, and facilitate faculty and student exchange.”
The programme coordinated by IIT Bombay in Moscow had other Indian participants from the IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the National Centre for Biological Sciences.
On the Russian side, the efforts were coordinated by Tomsk State University, along with 16 other universities and institutes. IIT Bombay also signed a bilateral MoU with three Russian universities to provide collaboration through faculty and student exchange programmes, joint research work and joint conferences.