STUDYABROAD: This year, as India and Russia mark 70 years of diplomatic ties, For over five decades, defense cooperation has been the centerpiece of the strategic partnership between India and Russia. This partnership goes beyond mere trade ties, rather it has elevated to a level where it entails a much more collaborative effort in the spheres of research, design development and production of state of the art military platforms.
Russian-Indian Association of Institutions of Higher Education” on Saturday. The Memorandum of Interest (MOI) was signed in the presence of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee in Moscow.
The aim of the association is to facilitate research collaboration, faculty exchange and student exchange among the leading universities of both the countries. The MOI was signed by Devang V Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay and president of the Russian Rectors’ Union VA Sadovnichiy. The Association is formed as a non-profit organization uniting universities of Russia and India on a voluntary basis.
Speaking about the association, expert, said: “The Association is a partnership between research and educational institutions in the Russian Federation and India, which will provide a unique forum to cooperate.The Association will facilitate research collaboration, faculty exchange and student exchange among the leading universities of both the countries. We look forward to the fruits of the collaboration in terms of the advancement of high-quality research and development, increased internationalization of higher education and greater linkages between the two countries.”
The combined efforts on part of the leading universities of both the countries are not only to provide knowledge-based economies with relevant human resources and scientific and technological platforms but also contribute to the broad internationalization of the scientific, educational, and technological components of the activities and promote humanitarian ties between the two countries.
The Russian government has upped its international student quota for universities by a third to 200,000 for this year and put in place plans to simplify visas for students completing a foundation year. The plans, announced by the deputy education minister, are part of an ongoing drive to boost the global profile of Russian higher education and increase the country’s soft power.