Saturday, May 5, 2012

India Establishes Ties With King’s College London

The Indian Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Vilasrao Deshmukh, visited King's College London, the 4th oldest University in UK, according to a press release issued by the PIB on 23rdApril.

The King’s College has recently established King's India Institute, which was formally launched on the Republic Day in early 2012.

The King’s Institute will host a number of visiting fellowships for academics and practitioners in different fields. Members of the institute are actively engaged in dialogue and debate with the government, policy-makers, media and industry in India, as well as inthe UK and beyond.

The Institute also has relationships with a number of universities and research organizations in India. This includes the strategic partnership between King’s College London and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.

The Institute will also be the location for the Tagore Centre for Global Thought, funded by the Government of India. The cooperation directs a number of research and teaching programmes including the flagship MA (Modern India), PhD (Contemporary India Research) and other joint MA programmes.

During his visit the Minister gave assurance for support for regular interaction with Indian policy makers, academicians and other concerned workers. He appreciated the Institute's work on History of Development of Science in Modern India and encouraged them to work with their Indian partners and to compare the progress in India with other developing economies.

Deshmukh also gave in principle consent to examine a proposal to establish Professor Satish Dhawan chair to study space policy research.

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