Indian, Canada Univs sign accords for specific initiatives

Canadian universities announced funding for a series of India-specific initiatives valued at over 4 million USD which also include a new `Globalink` Canada-India Graduate Fellowship programme.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 21:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking forward its educational
ties with India, Canadian universities today announced funding
for a series of India-specific initiatives valued at over 4
million USD which also include a new `Globalink` Canada-India
Graduate Fellowship programme.

The fellowship programme will provide up to 51
scholarships valued at more than 3.5 million Canadian dollars
for Indian students who have participated in the MITACS
Globalink program in 2010, said Vice Chancellor of University
of British Columbia Stephen J. Toope.

He said this during the signing of MoUs between
institutes of the two countries attended by HRD Minister Kapil
Sibal and Canada`s Minister of State for Science and
Technology Gary Goodyear.

Toope said eight Canadian universities have come
together to provide the graduate fellowships for the top
Indian students who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD in Canada.

University of British Columbia also entered into an
agreement with IIT, Delhi, to renew a long-standing student
mobility programme, which involves undergraduate engineering
students spending time at each others institutions.

Likewise, University of Ontario Institute of
Technology and Amal Jyothi College of Engineering also signed
an MoU to jointly offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in
Nuclear Power degree.

The Royal Roads University and IGNOU also signed an
agreement to establish an education partnership that will
explore joint delivery of programmes through blended and
distance education programs.

Besides, the former varsity also signed an agreement
with ACN School of Business to establish a partnership on
academic cooperation.

Sibal said on the occasion that collaboration between
Canadian and Indian Universities through these agreements will
help deliver "technological solutions affordable to the common
man".

The engagement with the Canadian universities comes in
the backdrop of several US universities also forging ties with
Indian universities and institutes to set up centres of
excellence here and offering high-end research-oriented
programmes.

PTI