A 15-member team from the United Kingdom (UK) paid a visit to the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), led by British Deputy High Commissioner to Gujarat and Rajasthan, Peter Cook.
While welcoming the delegation , Proffessor S P Mehrotra, Professor In-charge, External Relations, IITGN, said, “We are delighted that the delegation chose to visit IIT Gandhinagar during their India visit. We have had considerable partnerships with many of the universities in the UK through various projects/programmes. I am sure that this visit by the distinguished group of dignitaries will further strengthen the collaborative activities between IIT Gandhinagar and educational institutions in the UK.”
Prof Gaurav Srivastava, Acting Director, gave a brief talk on IITGN’s current academic programmes and research and development (R&D) initiatives. He emphasised numerous new unique initiatives that IITGN has implemented to set it apart from other IITs.
Peter Cook, British Deputy High Commissioner to Gujarat and Rajasthan, said during the meeting, “When I visited IIT Gandhinagar three years ago, I was very encouraged by the strong desire for international collaborations by the Institute. After a brief interruption in that direction due to the Pandemic, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet prospective partners in Gujarat.”
He further added, ” This is also a very important and joint desire by both the countries to strengthen our educational partnerships in the areas of research, innovation, science & technology, and so on. I look forward to the prospective collaborations after this meeting, and my office would be happy to facilitate the introduction and alliance between the institutions.”
Senior officials from the UK Government’s Department of Education, as well as senior officials from the University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow, University of Southampton, University of Portsmouth, De Montfort University, and officials from the British Council in India, met with IITGN faculty to discuss future academic and research collaborations between IITGN and UK educational institutions. Key highlights, programmes, and research focus areas of mutual interest were also shared by IITGN and UK universities.
IIT Gandhinagar is one of India’s most international campuses. Before graduating from the Institute, about 40% of undergraduates and 75% of PhD students participate in study abroad, internships, or other international experiences. Almost 80% of the faculty has an international degree or postdoctoral experience.
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