The New South Wales-based "University of Wollongong (UOW)" has signed Memoranda of Understanding with "Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay" for an alliance in the fields of research and teaching.
A senior delegation from UOW including the Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings was in India to develop these strategic alliances. Wellings and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Joe Chicharo formally established a framework for future research and teaching collaboration in complementary disciplines that include mining and related engineering areas while in Kharagpur.
A second MoU was signed at IIT Bombay recently to enhance its existing collaboration in electrical power systems to other allied areas including the integration of renewable energy resources.
The two initiatives would further build upon the existing collaborations that UOW has recently developed with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi and the Government of Gujarat in the development of an International Centre of Excellence in Mining.
The delegation then also visited and met Gujarat officials to further advance the five year action plan for UOW's involvement as the international knowledge partner with the new International Centre of Excellence in Mining (iCEM) in the state.
UOW will be participating with national institutional partners Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and IIT Kharagpur in the development of the centre.
Apart from this, TAFE Illawarra has also been accepted to become one of the vocational skill partners.
The Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation is currently building a new facility near Ahmedabad and has committed to meet the significant capital costs for the first five years and support operational costs for a further five to 10 years, plus it will also fund other projects identified as strategic by UOW or national knowledge partners.
The UOW delegation were also expected to visit PDPU in Gandhinagar to sign an agreement that will formally develop both a study abroad and summer program arrangement.
In the first instance, 20 students as well as a number of staff will visit UOW in June 2014 to undertake a four-week summer programme where they will be exposed to a range of introductory subjects from law, humanities and arts including sociology, political philosophy, international media and communications, research in social sciences and humanities.
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