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Durham’s leading role in forging links with India

(6 July 2017)

Collaboration: Jane Robinson

Durham University is playing a key role in exploring new research and teaching links with India, one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Some of India’s largest companies were represented at a roundtable event in London, at which Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer, Jane Robinson, gave examples of Durham’s links with India and discussed opportunities for further collaboration.

The India-UK University and Industry Roundtable meeting was organised by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council to explore opportunities for collaboration between UK and Indian universities, institutions and industry, and to celebrate existing partnerships.

Wide ranging collaboration

Durham University collaborates with India across a range of research and teaching areas. These include:

  • Durham Energy Institute is working with the University of Jammu to explore options for geothermal energy in Kashmir. Jammu was helped to set up its own energy institute, based on best practice from the Durham model.
  • Collaborative research into the condition and ecosystems of the Ganges river, involving the Department of Geography at Durham University and the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.
  • PhD studentships in Engineering and Business, funded through Tata Steel and Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover.
  • Research collaboration on a ‘water harvesting’ project, involving the Department of Chemistry at Durham University and the Indian Institute of Technology at Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh.
  • In the Biosciences, links between Durham University and India’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), the Indian Institute of Science, Jawaharlal Nerhu University in New Delhi and Maharaja Savajirao University of Baroda. In addition, Durham has provided consultancy to a number of Indian owned pharmaceutical contract manufacturing organisations in the UK.
  • Collaboration between archaeologists in Durham and the University of Baroda on heritage management research, supported by the British Council.
  • A Durham University alumni group in Mumbai.

Durham University is also building on links established from visits to India in 2013 and 2014, when delegations representing the University discussed existing collaborations and possible new ones with Indian academics and government officials in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Vadodara.

Dialogue with leading industries

 After the roundtable event in London, Ms Robinson commented: “Durham University has many productive links with India and we wish to develop these further and establish new ways of collaborating. We are therefore seeking ongoing dialogue with India’s leading industries and universities.”

The event, at Marlborough House in Pall Mall, was also attended by His Excellency Ambassador Dinesh K. Patnaik, Deputy High Commission of India, and representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Universities UK.

Richard Burge, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, who moderated the event, commented: “Innovation and technology are at the core of the UK-India business relationship, and universities have a key role to play as both educational and research led institutions. The ability to establish strong cross-sector industry partnerships will help strengthen bilateral trade and investment.”

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