London: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and the University of Cambridge have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for joint research and related activities.
The MoU will focus initially on Nanoscience, and include exchanges of students and staff between the two prestigious centres of learning.
The MoU was signed by Professor Alan Windle on behalf of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Professor Alison Richard, and IIT Bombay Director Professor Ashok Misra. This is the first collaboration agreement that focuses on nanotechnology and is led by Professor Mark Welland and Professor Windle.
Under the agreement, funding will be made available for 10 students to pursue their 3-year degreee PhD courses at Cambridge through the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. In addition there will be support travel by senior academic staff between the two partnering universities.
“The University of Cambridge is delighted that this MoU is now in place and very specially pleased that it is with IIT Bombay, as it is a focal point for energy and commitment to Science and technology which characterises modern India,” Professor Windle said.
“It is highly appropriate that the first collaboration under this MoU is in the area of Nanoscience and Technology. “This new field of endeavour is one of the keys to growth and prosperity in the future and it also cuts across many of the traditional fields of academic studies. It is new, vibrant, exciting and reflects the spirit of the country,” Windle said.