Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cambridge eyeing growth in postgraduate collaborations in India; Already has 270 active projects

University of Cambridge is eyeing growth in postgraduate collaborations with Indian institutions. Though the university Vice-Chancellor, Professor Leszek Boryseiwichz, emphatically rejects any plans of setting university campus in India in the near future, he says they are identifying new institutions in India to partner with. However, the collaborations would essentially be at the post-graduate (PG) level. The university in the near future is looking at creating a sustainable relationship with India through academic linkages. University of Cambridge already has 270 active projects with various institutes running in India.

The university also entered into collaboration with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) institution, wherein five students from SGPC institution would be shortlisted for pursuing research studies in Cambridge. Under the scheme, the entire expenses of students would be shared equally by the SGPC and Cambridge University.

The university, with more than 240 Indian students studying at PG level and around 70 students enrolled for under graduate courses, has not witnessed any impact of weakening rupee, impacting the inflow of students to the university. “Till now, we have not observed any case wherein Indian students had to leave the campus because of the escalating cost of education on account of the depreciating rupee.”

The university, starting this year, has also allowed entry of Indian students in undergraduate courses , if they score 90% in the higher secondary examination. Boryseiwichz says the examinations system throughout the country varies. And to ensure meritorious students are not deprived of the opportunity to enroll themselves in the undergraduate courses being offered by the university, a couple of examination systems has been recognised by the university. This year the university has attracted 70 students from India, who have enrolled themselves for the various undergraduate courses.

Source: Business Standard, September 13, 2012

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