Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA has decided to set up
the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair of Contemporary Indian
Studies. The chair will be set up under the Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh-President Barack Obama Knowledge Initiative.
Indian Consul General for New York Dnyaneshwar M Mulay and
Interim Chancellor of Rutgers University Dr Richard L Edwards have signed the
MoU to initiate the academic partnership.
ICCR Chair and the visiting Professor from India will teach
courses, deliver public lectures and engage directly with staff and students at
“The partnerships offer an exciting opportunity to unify
many of the University’s efforts with Indian institutions and raise our
visibility,” said Dr Edwards.
“Our participation as a recipient of the Obama-Singh 21st
Century Knowledge Initiative Award is just one of several exciting developments
that allow us to build stronger ties between the two nations,” he added.
The initiative was announced in 2009 by Obama and Prime
Singh to encourage mutual understanding, facilitate educational reforms, foster
economic development and engage civil society through academic cooperation with
Indian institutions of higher education, reported Zee News.