The University of Alberta and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay have entered into a three-year agreement for students and faculty from both to work on health and energy issues. The agreement will enhance existing relationships between the two institutions’ engineering and science faculties. Students and researchers from the U of A will also be able to travel and work in India and their counterparts will go to Edmonton.
“We saw a lot of value in the U of A, including its National Institute for Nanotechnology. We picked the U of A because our faculty thought it was a no-brainer: the U of A is well known, is highly ranked and there have been some great discoveries here,” said Pradipta Banerji, former dean of international relations at IIT-Bombay, who was in Edmonton recently to finalise the agreement. This is the first time that IIT-Bombay has invested money in a memorandum of understanding.
“India has one of the largest populations, which is going to be affected by both Type 1 and 2 diabetes. So just to be able to sense this before it becomes a health problem is an issue of vital importance,” said Banerji.
U of A president Indira Samarasekera said, “We understand the importance of working collaboratively with other leaders in finding solutions that will make a meaningful difference in our global community. Health and energy issues, for example, present challenges that require the sort of co-operative opportunities this agreement with IIT-Bombay will provide our students and faculty who are working steadfastly to find solutions that will impact the far corners of the world.
“Our partnership with IIT-Bombay also illustrates our commitment to serve Alberta and the country, as it makes it possible for our researchers to travel and work directly with their counterparts in India through summer school programes, joint research initiatives and our new Distinguished U of A-IIT-B Professorship in Nanotechnology/Energy exchange programme,” she said.
Banerji said the collaborative opportunities on health could include everything from nanobiosensors, used for sensing infectious diseases, to drug delivery systems and non-infectious diseases.