MIT looks at boosting research ties with India

Category: Higher Education,  News Source: The Hindu Business Line,  Updated-On: Apr 3 2013

New Delhi: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is keen on developing collaborations with Indian institutes to further the research being undertaken in India, said Rafael Reif, President, MIT.

Reif, who was addressing the Assocham-Rai Foundation Talk, said the institute believed in developing partnerships that would be mutually beneficial and make both parties stronger.

However, he added that MIT was not looking at starting a campus in India.

“There are important global challenges that MIT wants to work on,” Reif said, adding that the institute was identifying institutions in India to collaborate with. He said MIT was open to working with public establishments as well as private parties.

Science and Technology Minister S. Jaipal Reddy also proposed an exchange of scientists and research scholars between India and MIT and extend it to industrial research, especially in the area of biotechnology.

He said strengthening collaboration with MIT would help shore up research capabilities in both countries.

“It is important for us to note that original research in India is still almost completely funded by the Government. We have real talent in these Government-funded laboratories,” Reddy said.

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