IIT-Kharagpur and University of Manchester (UoM) are planning to initiate joint research project and academic programmes. A statement issued by IIT-Kharagpur on Tuesday said that both institutes held a series of discussions in scientific, technical, and other areas to undertake joint research
or technology projects and international academic programmes.
A team of eight professors and administrators of UoM, led by their Associate Vice President Prof. Stephen Flint, visited IIT-Kharagpur over the weekend during their maiden trip to India this year. The two educational institutions, which signed an MoU last summer, would work towards developing a course for working professionals in the domain of Health Informatics. Opportunities for international Masters and PhD programs have also been discussed.
Professor Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Relations at IIT-Kharagpur, said, “Enhanced exchanges between IIT-Kharagpur and UoM would not only help develop research programmes with global impact but would also lead to world-class training programmes for students in and out of universities.”
Joint research projects are being considered in Biomedical Informatics, Advanced Materials, Smart Textiles and Earth-Environment-Water Sciences, which will be one of its kinds in India.
Such research can be supported through various research funding such as Newton Bhabha Fund, Global Challenges Research Fund etc.
Professor Abhijit Mukherjee, the faculty coordinator of this MoU at IIT-Kharagpur who have a decade long research collaboration with scientists of MoU, said, “These institutional bonding can really develop a milestone between UK-India academic collaborations.”
Professor Flint said that he was really impressed by the goodwill and positive feel on both sides to build a strong, productive relationship.