India and United States has announced four breakthrough
partnerships projects, four each led by either country, for the
first Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards. The goal of the initiative is to further strengthen, through
faculty exchanges, joint research, and other collaboration, partnerships
between American and Indian institutions of higher education in priority fields.
Each project will receive an award of approximately $250,000
that can be utilised over the three-year grant period to encourage mutual
understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the
development of junior faculty.
University: Under this agreement, an Interdisciplinary and Community
Oriented Approach will be employed towards Sustainable Development in
partnership with Brown University, Duke University and Plymouth State
Banaras Hindu University: Paradigm Shift in Energy Scenario
for the 21st Century toward Renewable Energy Sources required for both India
and the US in partnership with University of Pittsburgh.
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur: The institute will
start International Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Development in
partnership with Virginia Tech University.
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi: Resource Building for
Ecosystem and Human Health Risk Assessment with Special reference to Microbial
Contamination in partnership with Drexel University.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: Capitalising on
the Demographic Dividend: Enhancing Talent Development Capacity for India and
the US in the 21st Century in partnership with Tata Institute of Social
University of Montana: The US University will tie-up with
Bangalore University to study impacts of Climate Change and Changes in
Socio-Economic Structure on Traditional Agriculture and the Development of
Sustainable Communities among Indigenous Populations.
Cornell University: Implementing Reformed Curriculum in
Emerging areas of Agriculture and Food Security in Two State Agricultural
Universities of India in partnership with University of Agricultural Sciences,
Dharwad and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology,
University of Michigan: Maharashtra Univeristy along with
Michigan University will develop a Joint Development of a Master’s Degree in
Education for Health Professions Faculty in the United States and India.
The next request for proposals for grants from the
Obama-Singh Initiative announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President
Barack Obama in November 2009 will be announced in July 2012.