Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Canadian universities announce India-specific initiatives

Canadian universities announced today funding for a series of India-specific initiatives valued at over C$ 4 million. These investments include the new Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship. Eight Canadian universities have come together to provide graduate fellowships for top Indian students who wish to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. in Canada.

The Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship Program will provide up to 51 scholarships valued at more than C$ 3.5 million for Indian students who have participated in the MITACS Globalink program in 2010. This was announced by Mr. Stephen J. Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, in the presence of the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal and Mr. Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister of State (Science and Technology).

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sibal underlined the importance of technology solutions which are affordable for the common man. He expressed the hope that the collaboration between the Canadian and Indian Universities will help in this goal. Mr. Sibal stated that while research will need to be engaged in breaking the frontiers of science in areas such as nano technology, science and research will also have to orient research towards finding solutions to problems like grappling with poverty, water crisis, global warming, and energy problems.

Four MoUs were also signed today. One was between the University of British Columbia to renew a long-standing student mobility agreement with IIT-Delhi, which involves undergraduate engineering students spending time at each others’ institutions. Another MoU was between the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Amar Jyothi College of Engineering to jointly offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nuclear Power degree. The Royal Roads University and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) signed an agreement to establish an education partnership that will explore joint delivery of programs through blended and distance education programs. The Royal Roads University and the ACN School of Business also signed an agreement to establish a partnership on academic cooperation.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India
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