British city Nottingham and Chandigarh have decided to explore academic collaboration opportunities between the University of Nottingham (UoN), UK and Panjab University (PU) Chandigarh.
The decision was taken at a meeting held at PU. The meet was attended by representatives and officials of British Council of India, UoN, Nottingham City Council (NCC), Chandig arh administration, Chandigarh Region Innovation Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) and PU.
PU vice-chancellor ( V- C), Arun Kumar Grover, commissioner of Chandigarh municipal corporation, Vivek Pratap Singh, Nottingham corporate director development, David Bishop, Nottingham director economic development, Chris Henning, director of education of British Council India, Richard Everitt and a number of deans, officials of PU and CRIKC institutions attended the meeting.
PU and UoN decided that student exchange, joint research and industry-academia will help the two institutions. Both the varsities will identify the areas of mutual interest and might collaborate in the areas like public health, engineering, geography, food security, pharmacy, bio-science and management.
A PU delegation will visit UoN and Nottingham city later this month to discuss the issues of common concern. The PU V-C will visit UoN in August to follow up the meetings and decisions. A Nottingham delegation appreciated the CRIKC initiative as per which the leading educational institutions of Chandigarh had joined hands, a PU spokesman said.
Cor porate director development, Nottingham City Council (NCC), David Bishop said, “Nottingham city wants to develop stronger partnership with Chandigarh and PU. Our university is keen to build relations with India as has been done with China and Malaysia.”
Director of economic development, NCC, Chris Henning said: “There should be collaboration in areas of academic, students exchange, industry exchange and sporting culture. Both the universities could have joint PhDs and joint supervised PhDs, but we might start with joint research and industry-academia collaboration.”
Grover informed the visitors about various recent initiatives taken by PU. He also informed about the strengths of PU and other CRIKC institutions. He of fered to star t students exchange programme with the UoN and informed that the international hostel in PU was under construction, which was likely to be completed by February 2015.