The Columbia University is setting up a global centre in Mumbai and is hoping to partner with the city’s leading institutions like IIT-B and the Mumbai University.
The Mumbai centre is the fourth in the line of global centres the university has set up, the most recent being the one in Paris last week. The centre will accommodate university students and faculty who are interested in research activities in south Asia.
“We want to explore partnerships with various institutes here. It will be two-way flow of information. We will look at sustainable development and focus on a variety of issues from water management to public health,” said Nirupam Bajpai, head of the Earth Science Centre, which will begin operations on August 1. The centre would also have a team of professionals here and will be hiring faculty from Mumbai for it. There are 800 alumni residing in India. The Aditya Birla Group has played a very significant role in bringing Columbia to India and is one of their major donors. “The centre would want to create a lecture series for policy makers on issues that are important to the nation,” added Bajpai.
The Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation have also launched Studio-X Mumbai. “By bringing together scholars, students, public officials, private enterprise and innovators for research and learning that cuts across many regions, we hope to transform our own academic perspective in the years ahead,” said Kenneth Prewitt, vice president for Global Centres.