TORONTO: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with three Canadian universities – Ryerson, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.
The MoUs were signed during the two-day visit of a delegation from the IIT Bombay to Toronto this week.
“We met with presidents of five universities during the past two days and signed three memorandums of understanding,’’ said IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar who led the delegation that also included Dr Ravi Sinha, dean (alumni and corporate relations), Dr Deepak Pathak and Subrao M who is M. Nilekani professor at the IIT.
The MoU with Ryerson University was signed at a dinner reception given to the visiting IIT Bombay delegation by the IIT Alumni of Canada and the newly formed IIT Bombay Alumni at the Novotel Toronto Centre on Wednesday night.
“The presidents of all the five universities expressed interest in working with India and we are looking forward to formalizing cooperation arrangements with them,’’ said Dr Khakhar.
“We go in for MoUs with universities and institutions that have high reputation and where our students can benefit. That’s the broad criterion for forging ties with other universities,’’ said Dr Khakhar, adding that his IIT has such agreements with about 100 institutions.
The IIT director said the purpose of their visit was to meet university leaders and seek cooperation from the IIT alumni in terms of funds for development and research and teaching.
“I am very happy with the outcome of our whirlwind but momentous visit,’’ Dr Khakhar said.
At the dinner reception, he made a presentation on IIT Bombay, highlighting its journey through the years, the number of students and faculty members, research programmes and its current infrastructure and various projects under way.
The institution has grown massively over the years, with more focus on research, he said.
The IIT Bombay, which currently has about 8,000 students on its rolls, has turned out 44,000 graduates since its inception in 1962, said Dr Khakhar.
Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy, who signed the MoU with Dr Khakhar on the occasion, said his university was thrilled to enter into cooperation with IIT Bombay after similar arrangements with IIT Delhi and IIT Madras.
After the signing ceremony, he said, “One way to put life in the MoU is to create an environment under which the young people want to go between universities. Another way is where faculty members from either institution can bring their research and collaborate. It will be really up to individual faculty members of the university (to see) that the MoU takes life and is important.’’
Rabiz Foda, who is the recipient of Distinguished Alumni Service Award from IIT Bombay, was honoured by the visiting IIT director for his work for bringing institutions of the two countries together.
Indian consul general Preeeti Saran, vice consul (commercial) Pardeep Kumar and a City of Markham team attended the reception.