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February 27, 2020 Thursday 02:38:23 PM IST

University of Birmingham signs up for strategic research vision in India

Policy Indications

Experts at the University of Birmingham will work with partners in India across education, healthcare, genetic engineering, and sports science. Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood signed a range of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the University’s partners at a special signing ceremony in Delhi. The agreements form a key part of the University’s strategic vision to continue building meaningful education and research partnerships in India.

Professor Sir David Eastwood signed MoUs with:

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biology (ICGEB), New Delhi

Leading pharmaceutical company CIPLA, of Mumbai


Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar

Technofin – a Mumbai-based transport and infrastructure consultancy

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Inspire Institute of Sport



The University and ICGEB plan to work together on multidisciplinary research including immunity and infection, as well as projects tackling human diseases, compound screening for identifying autophagy modulators, and exchanges of students and staffs across relevant projects.

Working in partnership with CIPLA, University experts will develop healthcare Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes. Researchers at PDPU and Birmingham will continue working on the joint ‘India-H2O’ project, which is developing, designing and demonstrating high-recovery, low-cost water treatment systems for saline groundwater, as well as domestic and industrial wastewaters. The partners will also identify new research opportunities.

The agreement with Technofin will see the partners working together on a bid to provide rail research and consultancy to the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd., to support the establishment of a Heavy Haul Research Institute. They will also develop other infrastructure-related research.


Manipal engineering students will be able to join Birmingham courses in Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering - after completing two years of study in India, graduating with degrees from both universities.

University experts will work with Inspire Institute of Sport to develop bespoke distance-learning and blended CPD programmes for the development of the Institute’s staff, as well as developing scholarships for postgraduate study in sports science. The MoU is an outcome of the India-UK Sports Alliance set up by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade to drive collaboration in sports between the two countries.


(Content and Image Courtesy: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2020/02/strategic-research-vision-in-India.aspx)


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