Purdue Uni looks at India for research
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Purdue Uni looks at India for research

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Monday, 15 January 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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WESR LAFAYETTE: Purdue University, a university where one out of five international students is from India, is now looking to strengthen its research ties with India.

Currently, of the 4,831 international students enrolled at Purdue, 1,021 are from India. Purdue has attracted a number of Indians for its excellence in engineering, agriculture and pharmacy.

A Purdue delegation, a week-long visit will feature meetings with academic and political leaders in the research areas of nanotechnology, entrepreneurship, energy, life sciences, health care, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and the environment, according to Charles Rutledge, VP for research, who is leading a delegation to India from Jan 29 to Feb 7. Rutledge, would also be signing a research agreement with India's Department of Science and Technology in New Delhi on Feb 5.

He added that he was looking forward to expanding the bridge between India and Purdue's Discovery Park for more research collaborations and exchanges of researchers, students and faculty with Indian institutions.

Discovery Park is Purdue's $ 330 million interdisciplinary complex handling challenges in areas ranging from alternative energy and health-care delivery to nanotechnology and cyber infrastructure. He added that officials in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh had announced plans to open a 60-acre Discovery Park research complex, modeled after Purdue's Discovery Park with a focus on health, education and agribusiness.

Meetings are also planned with officials at several research facilities in India, including the Indian Institute of Science, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Tata Energy Research Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad and Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.

Purdue officials will meet top executives at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories in Hyderabad, Infosys Technologies in Bangalore and Satyam Computer Services in Hyderabad.

Some of India's well-known names, including C.N.R. Rao, an eminent scientist and policy advisor, and industry leaders such as Ravi Venkatesan, the India chief of Microsoft, as well as Satish Reddy and G.V. Prasad, COO and CEO respectively of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories are Purdue alumni.

The other countries from where International students come in large numbers are China – which has 782 students and South Korea with 680 students. Additionally, there are more than 85 faculty members of Indian origin in the university.



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