Thursday, June 10, 2010

Infosys & Georgia Tech plan R&D hub in Hyderabad

Georgia Institute of Technology is planning to establish a small but top quality post-graduate research institution in Hyderabad in collaboration with Infosys Technologies - one of India's largest IT companies. The proposed facility will include centers for excellence in information technology and information systems, energy systems, biotechnology and infrastructure studies, a top university official said.

The initiative is an outcome of the welcome given to foreign universities by human resource minister Kapil Sibal and the recent introduction of the Foreign Universities Bill in Parliament. Such an avenue for the higher education system in India has been hanging in fire for several years due to opposition from critics who feared it would make Indian higher education westernised and elitist.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed in this regard by Gary Schuster, Georgia Tech’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Infosys CEO S. Gopalakrishnan. "Since Infosys has a presence both in Atlanta and Hyderabad, there are collaborative opportunities in both locations. Such alliances are critical to our goal of developing a global university and to enhancing closer educational, scientific and economic ties between the U.S. and India", said Schuster.

According to him, for the past several years the partnership between Georgia Tech and Infosys has been strong in Atlanta, where the company has rapidly expanded its local workforce by hiring several hundred engineers. "Georgia Tech faculty and Infosys’ engineers and scientists will now have the opportunity to work together on emerging computing and web technologies that promise to add new efficiencies of cost and scale to rapidly expand markets in retail, manufacturing, commerce, energy and finance", Schuster added.

"We are hopeful that the passage of this (University) bill will allow us to expand our proposed activities beyond the research focus, to include an educational program that will offer Georgia Tech Ph.D. and master’s degrees to students in India", said Vijay Madisetti, Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s India initiative.

Georgia Tech is currently ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, and has research and educational initiatives in France, Ireland, Singapore, Shanghai and Costa Rica. More than 20,000 of its students are enrolled in its colleges of architecture, computing and engineering, among others.

Source: Mail Today, June 10, 2010

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