Victoria-India ties have been significantly strengthened today as the Victorian and Indian higher education sectors entered into seven new global partnerships to drive research and development with industry and generate economic benefit.
Premier Ted Baillieu witnessed the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Victorian and Indian education institutions following an historic bilateral education meeting in New Delhi today that was attended by Indian and Victorian government leaders, university Vice- Chancellors and representatives from pre-eminent TAFE colleges and leading education providers.
Mr Baillieu said education institutions played a vital role in fostering links between countries.
"These collaborations show Victoria's and India's commitment to working together to nurture these partnerships in the education sector," Mr Baillieu said.
- MoU between Deakin University and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore
A comprehensive research-based collaboration through which both organisations will undertake collaborative research, organise international conferences and seminars, produce publications, and potentially apply for funding for joint research from international agencies.
- MoU between La Trobe University and HCL
HCL and La Trobe will collaborate to facilitate the development of the local Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry by conducting joint projects and recruitments, and creating awareness across the ICT sector through joint forums, seminars and sessions.
- MoU between La Trobe University and Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) – Pilani
This partnership will promote knowledge exchange and co-operation in academic areas of research and teaching, and the sharing and dissemination of information and documentation in areas of interest.
- MoU between the University of Melbourne and the University of Calcutta
This partnership will encourage closer academic co-operation and exchange, and will further build on the relationship already forged between the two universities. This will include reciprocal visits of staff and students, the sharing of information and other collaborative research activities. The MoU will also incorporate a range of collaborative research activities that involve the Australia India Institute.
- MoU between the University of Melbourne, the University of Delhi and the University of Birmingham
A Masters level joint subject, co-designed and delivered at the University of Delhi, is the focus of this partnership. The subject is entitled Traditional and New Securities Challenges: South Asia in a Global Perspective. This partnership will further encourage Australian students to undertake part of their studies in India and build a future cohort of Australian graduates with Indian literacy and networks.
- Partnership between Swinburne University and AutoCRC Jaypee University of Information Technology
Swinburne University, through its involvement with Auto CRC Visionary projects, is sponsoring a three-year project to determine consumer preference for the uptake of alternative energy transport in India. The study will identify issues which are hindering the use of alternative energy transport. Consumers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh and Shimla will take part in the study.
- Partnership between Victoria University and Ganpat University to expand the delivery of twinning, dual awarded Masters courses in Engineering Science, Project Management and Business (Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management).
Mr Baillieu said these MoUs and collaborations represented what this Super Trade Mission was all about – developing closer ties and forging new partnerships with organisations in India to the mutual benefit of Victoria and India.
The delegation of Victorian higher education leaders at the meeting was the strongest ever to travel to India and included representatives of eight Victorian universities, six Vice-Chancellors from Victoria's most prestigious universities, 14 of Victoria's pre-eminent TAFE Institutes (including dual- sector), and other leading education providers.
The Indian higher education sector representation included Professor Amitabh Mattoo, Director of the Australian India Institute and former Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University, senior representatives from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Indian universities (including Delhi, Calcutta, Ganpat, Jaypee, Lovely Professional and TERI Universities), the Chairman of the Indian University Grants Commission, the Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education, the Indian Institute for Science, Education and Research - Bhopal, and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
The trade mission, which includes more than 200 Victorian companies, is focused on Victoria's competitive strengths including automotive, aviation and aerospace, cleantech, education, food and beverage, ICT, life sciences, professional services, sustainable urban design and tourism.
The mission commenced in New Delhi on 21 February 2012 and will showcase the best of Victorian industry capability in key centres including Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune.