A team from the University of Manchester is on a three-city tour of India, covering Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi, this week to explore enhancing existing collaborations and striking new pacts in the field of science and healthcare.
The roadshow follows a landmark UK-India agreement, covering a joint award PhD programme between the University of Manchester and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to build on existing research collaborations across a number of thematic areas – biomaterials, graphene, environmental sciences (including atmospheric sciences), advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence/machine learning application in agriculture, health and industry.
Professor Stephen Flint, Associate Vice President International at the University of Manchester, said: “The joint PhD programme with IISc is testament to the University’s strategic ambitions to build world-class research links with India and to encourage more student mobility between the two countries.
“The University of Manchester established research partnerships with IISc some years ago and this PhD programme is the next step in deepening our relationship, with academic colleagues in both institutions sharing supervision of the PhD students, who will spend two years in Manchester and two years in Bengaluru."
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Professor Govindan Rangarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Science, added: “Indian Institute of Science is pleased to partner with The University of Manchester for the joint PhD programme. Given multiple areas of mutual interest to both institutions, we are confident that this will be a very productive partnership that further strengthens our ties.”
The University of Manchester said its global healthcare strategy and developing UK-India relationships has resulted in the launch of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Neurodevelopment and Autism in South Asia Treatment and Evidence (NAMASTE). The unit builds on the university’s autism programme to implement a novel integrated detection-care pathway for young children with autism and their families in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, using lay health workers.
The university said: “NAMASTE is a culmination of development work between The University of Manchester and South Asia partners, particularly Sangath in India, and is in collaboration with Autism Care Nepal, the College of Paediatrics Sri Lanka, Harvard Medical School, La Trobe University, King’s College London, the World Health Organisation and Ummeed, Mumbai.”
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The respected institution, which is preparing for its bicentenary in 2024, is also organising ‘Meet Manchester’ networking events for alumni, university offer holders and their parents, during its India tour – as an opportunity for them to meet Manchester academics and admissions personnel.