The Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh visited King's College in London. The King's College is the 4th oldest University in UK.
The King’s College has recently established King's India Institute, which was formally launched on the Republic Day early this year. The 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 government, policy-makers, media and industry in India, the UK and beyond. Institute has relationships with a number of universities and research organisations 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 India Institute 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. Shri Deshmukh also gave in principle consent to examine a proposal to establish Professor Satish Dhawan chair to study space policy research.