By Darrell J. Pehr
NMSU delegation reaches out to counterparts in India for research partnerships
A team from New Mexico State University traveled to India last September to seek out new research and educational collaborations. A second follow-on visit was conducted in December/January to sign agreements between NMSU Interim President Manuel T. Pacheco, NMSU Vice President for Research Vimal Chaitanya and their counterparts at institutions in India.
“We are excited about the progress we are making in developing bridges of educational and research-oriented collaborations with our colleagues in India,” Chaitanya said. “Not only are these partnerships valuable in their potential as opportunities for us to share our expertise in key areas, they also represent opportunities for us to benefit and learn from the top-notch experts we are meeting in disciplines important to our university.”
On the September trip, Chaitanya and Computer Science Department Assistant Professor Satyajayant Misra visited universities and institutes and participated in the Indus Global Education and Research Collaborations Summit in Hyderabad, where they met more than 300 students and shared information about educational opportunities at NMSU.
The trip began with a visit to the Indian Institute of Technology in Indore, where they were able to make a presentation about opportunities for student recruitment in master’s and Ph.D. programs.
Next up was a visit to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune.
“IISER Pune belongs to a group of five institutions created by the Government of India to aggressively push research in basic sciences and mathematics,” Misra said. “From our visit to the campus, we were amazed by their research facilities, the quality of their publications and their student quality.”
The NMSU team made its next stop at Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, Hyderabad campus, where Chaitanya and Misra were able to give presentations about the NMSU research enterprise and Computer Science Department, respectively.
Other stops included the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Terrain in Hyderabad, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Mangalam University in New Delhi.
At the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, Misra was able to speak to about 50 Electrical and Computer Engineering students.
“The ECE students are very bright with several students getting recruited to top 10 universities in the U.S. for higher studies,” Misra said.
Other highlights were meetings with S. Ayyappan, director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and M.S. Swaminathan, known as the father of India’s “Green Revolution.”
In the December/January trip, the focus was on finalizing memorandums of understanding (MOUs).
“These partnerships will help NMSU maintain and advance its international stature when it comes to our key educational and research objectives,” Chaitanya said.