EMPHASIS ON INTENSIFYING COOPERATION IN EDUCATION AT RUSSIAN-INDIAN ROUND-TABLE

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EMPHASIS ON INTENSIFYING COOPERATION IN EDUCATION AT RUSSIAN-INDIAN ROUND-TABLE
Deep emphasis on intensifying cooperation in the field of higher education between Russia and India, and a bright future in its wake, emerged at the Round-Table on “Russian-Indian Cooperation in the Sphere of Higher Education”, organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi on June 19, 2019.
The participants of the Round-Table included a visiting high-level Russian delegation, led by H.E. Mr. Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Chairman, Government of the Russian Federation and Presidential Envoy to the Far East Federal District of Russia, from the Russian side, and Сhancellors, Vice-Chancellors and Principals of leading Indian universities and colleges, led by Dr. N. Saravana Kumar, Joint Secretary, (IIC& TEL), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.
H.E. Mr. Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, and Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi, participated in the Round-Table. 
Mr. Yuri Trutnev, who arrived yesterday, said at the outset that during his visit to Mumbai he could meet heads of several Indian companies who expressed their willingness to invest in the Far Eastern Region. While focussing on economic cooperation, the Russian Minister made deep stress on the imperative of strengthening cooperation in the field of education. Pointing out that top cooperation is in existence in the medical field, he further noted on improving relations in technology, which is a key sector, and in that connection, he referred to build a platform to facilitate the process. In principle, he agreed to have talks with the rectors of Russian universities and explore the possibility of forming a Working Group as suggested by the Indian side. 
Mr. Nikita Anisimov, President, Far Eastern Federal University, explained the activities of his university and hoped for better collaboration with Indian universities in the years to come. 
In an appreciable note of excellent cooperation between India and Russia, traditional and time-tested friends, in the field of education, Dr. N. Saravana Kumar has been very articulate and vocal in putting across some concrete suggestions and proposals keeping in view to improving the on-going process of bilateral cooperation. Considering India’s SPARK Programme constituting progressive educational reforms, he stressed on finding new avenues giving due priority to the academic and research collaboration, ecology, student exchange, higher educational pursuit, the interaction between scholars, academics, students, etc. Dr. Kumar pinpointed Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) to attract more Russian faculties to India for improved form of short-term teaching. Similarly, he said, India wants to send Indian faculties to Russia on a broader perspective under “Study in India” programme. India is keen to offer study on India-centric subjects like Yoga, language, spirituality, etc. He continued saying that in the sidelines of BRICS, SCO and G-20 also, both sides can improve students’ mobility and academic and research collaboration. 
Dr. Sayeed Kamruzzaman Washim, Chairman, Rus Education, emphatically touched upon the multi-faceted activities of the organisation and lauded the broad response received from Indian students. He expressed his desire to have a much stronger relationship between Indian and Russian universities. 
Prof. S.K. Soni, Director, International Collaboration, JNU, Dr. Anju Srivastava, Principal, Hindu College, Delhi University, and Mr. P.K. Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University, while appreciating the commendable cooperation between Indian and Russian universities, underscored that they were looking forward to have stronger collaboration in the future.

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