Started with an aim to sustain academic alliances among institutions of higher education and research in India and abroad, the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) has finally started taking some concrete steps. The idea was initiated by Arun Kumar Grover, vice-chancellor of Panjab University (PU), and 15 institutions of the region are members
Last week, a delegation of the CRIKC comprising the heads or representatives from each institute, led by the PU vice-chancellor, visited the United Kingdom (UK) to discuss the plans of research collaborations and study the models of knowledge clusters with the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham. The initiative was also welcomed by the Indian community as well as alumni of the institutes are based in the UK. According to sources, the CRIKC is likely to make some important announcements regarding recent collaborations soon. The CRIKC is being run by an advisory committee and head of each institute is member. Grover has also been made chairman of the advisory committee.
Besides joint research projects, the CRIKC aims at initiating joint teaching and training programmes, including pre-PhD courses. As per the objectives of the CRIKC, it would encourage pooling of research facilities and nurture scientific culture from the school level. This means that a researcher at PU could use particular facilities available at another institute, rather than PU duplicating resources and spending funds when not exactly necessary.
A significant aim of the CRIKC is to promote excellence in research in biomedical sciences, applications of nano-science and nano-technology, and theoretical studies. The CRIKC has also developed a three-year roadmap.