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IIIT-A adds another feather in its cap

INDIAN INSTITUTE of Information Technology (IIIT-A) added another feather in its cap, when it entered into an agreement with the University at Buffalo State University, New York, USA for an exchange programme and to collaborate in academic and research fields of mutual interests in IT, management and allied areas. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was formally signed by Prof SK Tripathi, provost and executive vice-president SK Tripathi of the university of Buffalo .

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 00:19 IST

INDIAN INSTITUTE of Information Technology (IIIT-A) added another feather in its cap, when it entered into an agreement with the University at Buffalo State University, New York, USA for an exchange programme and to collaborate in academic and research fields of mutual interests in IT, management and allied areas.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was formally signed by Prof SK Tripathi, provost and executive vice-president SK Tripathi of the university of Buffalo, Sunny, New York and Dr MD Tiwari, director of IIIT-A late on Thursday evening.

Explaining the objective of the agreement, Dr Tiwari said that the main goal of the co-operation between the IIIT-A and the state university, New York Buffalo, USA is to develop collaboration in fields of research and higher education.

He said that with a view to achieve the objectives, State University, New York Buffalo, agreed to: Exchange information in the field of teaching, pedagogic information technology and research, to promote exchanges between establishments by inviting faculty members and other staff members from the partner establishment to participate in varied activities in the fields of teaching, research and professional developments, to invite research and teaching staff from the partner establishment/wherever practicable, to participate in seminars, conferences, internships and in meeting on research subjects, to set-up joint programmes for advanced research in areas of mutual interest to exchange undergraduate and graduate students of the partner establishment for a period of study, training or research and to exchange PhD students.

The MoU is to be considered the basis of all other agreements between the two parties. Additional agreements concerning any other programme should specify the responsibility of each party and there should be a written agreement, signed and put into operation by the official representatives of each party.

The scope of activities covered by the agreement will be determined by the means available to each establishment and by any financial support, which may be obtained.

Earlier, addressing the faculty, students, staff and officers of the institute, Prof Tripathi explained in detail about the importance of the agreement. He lauded the achievements made by the institute here in a very short past.

He highlighted the various areas where his university had interests, including disaster management, chemical engineering, science like nursing, pharmacy and cancer. Furthermore, he said that the digital world, where the university is the centre of excellence, especially in the areas of document recognition and data mining. Bio informatics Research Centre would be established as a center of excellence in the university. He said that being a high ranked university it had a white paper for the further role in education.

Prof Stephen Dunnett, vice provost for international education, University of Buffalo, commended the achievements made by the institute in a short time.

Prof Denmark talked about the long history of the Buffalo University and its present facilities. He talked about the international programme for the students from all over the world, especially from India.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 00:19 IST