Vice Chancellor of University of Cambridge, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz wants to collaborate with various Indian institutes. Some of them are from Bangalore, Mumbai and many other states of India. He was recently present at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
He spoke on “Global collaboration in the face of global challenges.” He said, “Globalisation means that information transfers quickly, policy-makers are impatient to implement them, and yet the evidence that we would accept as scientists are imperfect by the time those decisions are made”. He also talked about the US India collaboration in the field of crop sciences.
He said, “The ultimate purpose of the initiative is the translation of this fundamental research into sustainable agriculture, improving food security and the lives of farmers.” He further added, “I will continue to do whatever I can to ensure that the fruits of this closer collaboration make a meaningful contribution to society –in India, in the UK, and beyond.”
During his visit to Mumbai, the discussion was on collaborations beyond science and technology. The aim is to move focus from there and shift towards arts and humanities with Indian institutes.
He said, “”Cambridge already has around 270 active programmes with Indian institutes. We plan to look at more tie-ups in arts and humanities. Talks are on with some institutes.” The University will also launch a fellowship programme for its students wherein the students will have to spend 60% of their time in India.
The Cambridge University is also looking at the primary and secondary level of education in India. He said, “We will be looking at ways in which teachers can maintain consistency in imparting high-quality education offered at school level.”
While delivering an address on “Global Collaboration in Academics”, he welcomed Indian researchers with open arms. He said that Indian universities has already 280 collaborations with Cambridge university and this number will increase.
He said with reference to research, “We have been involved in research in India on anti-microbial resistance in tuberculosis with institutes in Bengaluru and Chennai, electoral reform in Rajasthan, maize farming in Punjab, nanotechnology, drug discovery, and solar technology.”