A 14-member team from the University of California will be arriving in New Delhi on Saturday to fortify research and collaborations in the fields of Science and technology, health and economy.
Headed by university president Robert C Dynes, the researchers will be meeting President APJ Abdul Kalam and other ministers before leaving for Bangalore and Mumbai.
The initial focus of the University's India initiative is to develop partnerships for research in areas of human health, energy, agriculture, and applications of information technology for rural economic development.
"Most of the challenges facing our world today are not confined to the borders of any one state or country.
Solving the big challenges affecting our world and sustaining a position of leadership in the global economy requires reaching beyond geographic borders to form partnerships with the brightest minds in every field, wherever they are," says Dynes.
The India initiative is an effort by the university to strengthen research and education alliances between California and international partners.
"Our faculty has pursued a range of research collaborations with their Indian colleagues and talented students and scholars have come to the University from India.
They have made important contributions to research and economic development in California and India. Now, we want to involve more students for joint research," Dynes adds.
During the trip, Dynes will also hold university alumni receptions to discuss California-India partnerships.