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 Rutgers.
â€śThe partnerships offer an exciting opportunity to unify many of the University's efforts with Indian institutions and raise our visibility,â€ť said Dr Edwards.
â€śOur 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,â€ť 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.