The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is collaborating with the University of Manchester (UoM) in order to develop a course on health informatics for working professionals. The institute had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the university earlier in June so as to promote academic collaborations.
“The two sides would work towards developing a course for working professionals in the domain of health informatics,” an IITKGP spokesperson said, adding that the projects would be in various domains including said scientific and technical areas.
A series of discussions were held on November 3 and 4 this year when a team of eight professors and administrators from UoM visited IITKGP led by Stephen Flint, their Associate Vice President. The discussions were held to undertake joint research, technology projects and international academic programmes.
According to IITKGP Alumni Affairs and International Relations dean Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay the enhanced exchanges will not only help in developing research programmes which have a global impact, they will also offer students to world-class training programmes and opportunities for international masters and PhD programmes.
The institutions will consider joint research projects in biomedical informatics, advanced materials, smart textiles and earth-environment- water sciences. The IITKGP spokesperson commented that researchers can be supported through funds like Newton Bhabha Fund or the Global Challenges Research Fund.