GCU forms partnership with India to enhance Life Sciences

23 July 2010

GCU forms partnership with India to enhance Life Sciences

Professor Pamela Gillies with Dr Ravindrasinh Pardeshi and Vickas Katatkar

GLASGOW Caledonian University and Fergusson College in Pune, India, have signed a Letter of Intent that will see them collaborate on key academic partnerships in the field of Life Sciences.

The agreement, which was facilitated through the British Council, was signed by Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University and Dr Ravindrasinh Pardeshi, Principal of Fergusson College on June 30th 2010.

During their visit to Scotland, Dr Pardeshi and Mr Vickas Katatkar Vice Chairman of the Deccan Education Society, Fergusson College toured Glasgow Caledonian’s School of Life Sciences, meeting with key staff as well as with Dean of School Professor Kevan Gartland and the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies.

The tour followed a four-day visit to Pune in December 2009 organised by Education UK Scotland for Scottish academics to meet face-to-face with Indian colleagues, visit a number of institutions and discuss areas of mutual interest.

The new agreement will focus on developing a range of biological and biomedical sciences postgraduate MSc and top-up programmes to be delivered in India by academics from both institutions and at the same time will enable student transfers, research collaborations and other partnerships in the field of life sciences.

Professor Kevan Gartland, Dean of the School of Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University said: “We are delighted to have established this agreement with the Deccan Society at Fergusson College. The college has had long links with Scotland through its first patron Sir James Fergusson, whose family still live in Scotland, and we are happy to be strengthening this with our new partnership.

"Through our agreement we hope that students will gain a quality post graduate study experience and that we will be able to collaborate academically in biological and biomedical research for the benefit of communities in both India and Scotland.”

Staff exchanges begin in August 2010, with the first cohort of students expected to enroll in India during 2011.