January 9, 2006
India and U.S. universities collaborate on
The government of India and universities from the United States
and India have inaugurated an ambitious e-learning collaboration
to enhance science and engineering education at Indian universities.
The aim is to boost the supply of world-class engineers available
for corporate and academic research in both countries.
The president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, participated in the
network's launch in December, giving the inaugural lecture via
satellite from New Delhi to students at a dozen far-flung Indian
Boosting engineering education in India--especially at second-
and third-tier universities--would groom a more tech-savvy workforce
for American R&D operations in India and around the world.
Three U.S.-based companies have already committed funding to
the program, QUALCOMM, Microsoft, and Cadence Design Systems.
The American universities involved are the University of California
(Office of the President, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and
UC Santa Cruz), Calit2 and its sister institute CITRIS, Cornell,
Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, State University of New York
at Buffalo, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Purdue, Georgia Tech,
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Washington,
University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
University of North Dakota, University of Maryland, University
of Michigan, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
text of press release.
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