A new collaboration has been announced between two universities in the UK and India.
The University of Leicester, UK, and the University of Pune, India, have signed a five-year agreement that will encourage joint initiatives between the two institutions, including contacts at academic, administrative and research levels.
It is hoped that this agreement will facilitate fruitful academic exchanges between staff, students and graduates at the two universities, leading to an interchange of teaching and research.
The exchange of information resources will include library materials and research publications and it is envisaged that joint research projects, initially in the field of chemistry, will lead to an increased publication in quality international journals.
The agreement came about following contact between the University of Leicester Department of Chemistry and its counterpart in Pune. As a result of this a delegation from Pune, led by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Sonawane, recently came to Leicester to formalise the arrangements.
Speaking after the meeting, Professor Gordon Campbell of the University of Leicester said: "The supremacy of Pune in India is rivalled only by Bangalore, and Leicester University is delighted to be party to this arrangement with such an institution. We look forward very much to an exchange of staff and the development of potential research links."
Delegates from the University of Leicester will attend the education fair in Pune in November 1999.
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