News East-West Desk
TORONTO: McGill University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have inked an agreement to create a chair on India Studies.
To be called the ICCR India Studies Chair, it will be held by distinguished Indian scholars who will serve as visiting professors at McGill’s Faculty of Arts.
The ICCR Chairs will teach two courses, present an annual ICCR Lecture on India, and participate in seminars and other academic activities. The first chair holder will be recruited for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The agreement to create the Chair was signed on behalf of India by high commissioner Nirmal Verma during a visit to McGill University.
“I consider it a privilege that soon after my arrival, as the High Commissioner of India to Canada, we have inked the MOU for an India Chair between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and McGill University,” said the Indian high commissioner said.
Verma added, “Education presents a great opportunity for enhanced cooperation between India and Canada. The ICCR India Studies Chair that will be housed at McGill will not only promote greater understanding of India, it will also act as a catalyst for collaborative projects between McGill and higher institutions of learning and research in India.”
Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill, said, “As the governments of Canada and Quebec seek to strengthen ties with India, McGill University welcomes the opportunity to contribute to education and research in the field of Indian culture and history. This new chair strongly complements the partnerships that unite McGill faculty and their collaborators in India and will allow us to learn from each other for the benefit of both of our countries. We thank the ICCR for choosing to partner with McGill in this initiative.”
McGill collaborates with Indian institutions on climate change and sustainable development, food and water security, health and social welfare, urban studies, and the advancement of nanotechnology, aerospace, and science and industry.
There are over 400 students from India at McGill. The university also 30 faculty members who are of Indian origin. The university also boasts over 600 alumni in India.