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Friday, October 18, 2013 12:00 PM IST (06:30 AM GMT)
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National Design and Research Forum (NDRF) of The Institution of Engineers to Collaborate with Canadian Universities to Create a Technological Research Ecosystem

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Friday, October 18, 2013 — (Business Wire India) — In an effort to consolidate the technological research ecosystem in Karnataka, a team of senior researchers, academicians and administrators from the National Design and Research Forum (NDRF), The Institution of Engineers (India), Visvesvaraya Technological University, and the State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU) are visiting Canadian Universities and academic institutions.

The 35-member delegation will be engaging with CANEUS International, and Trade and Invest British Columbia (TAIBC) to identify Canadian university, academia and industry partners for forging alliances leading to multifarious collaborative research programmes at institutional, departmental and researcher levels. The delegation will be in Canada from October 18 to November 1, 2013.

Dr. L V Muralikrishna Reddy, Director, NDRF and Dr. U Chandrasekhar, Director, Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) would be leading the delegation of senior researchers from World Bank assisted TEQIP funded engineering colleges, and Universities.

Dr. Reddy said the scope of this engagement includes educational cooperation between universities in India and Canada, identifying collaborative research themes, establishing Centres of Excellence, developing joint training programs, and exchange programmes.

Dr. U Chandrasekhar mentioned that the research environment in India and Canada is conducive for collaborative research in emerging areas of nanotechnology, renewable energy, and aerospace technologies, amongst others. “The Centres of Excellence in aerospace, sustainability, and entrepreneurship would promote growth of knowledge-based economy in the two countries”.

Dr. Reddy and Dr. Chandrasekhar emphasized on the opportunity to grow India-Canada cooperation by building on the existing educational programs between VTU and world-class organizations like The Research Universities Council of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Camosun College, Cascade Aerospace and Lally Group. They confirmed, “Modalities for joint training programs and internship opportunities will be finalized during this visit”.

Trade and Invest British Columbia (TIBC) officials confirmed that structured, focused meetings, round table discussions, visits to state-of-the-art facilities in Canada have been scheduled with world-class Universities like Concordia University, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, McGill University, Ryerson University, and the University of Alberta.

Dr. Wooday P Krishna, Chairman, Karnataka State Centre, IEI reaffirmed the support of The Institution of Engineers (India) to promote collaborative research programs in India.

CONTACT DETAILS
Dr. L V Muralikrishna Reddy, National Design and Research Forum (NDRF), +91 (80) 22264336, director@ndrf.res.in