On Wednesday, 19th June 2019, the Russian-Indian Cooperation round table conference was held at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in New Delhi.
This was attended by many renowned dignitaries in the field of medical education and health care which included amongst others, H.E Mr. Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, H.E. Mr. Nikolai Kudashev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, Mr. Nikita Anisimov, President, Far Eastern Federal University, Ms. Viktoria Panova, Vice President for International Cooperation, Far Eastern Federal University, Mr. Leonid Petukhov, CEO, Far East Investment and Export Agency, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Ms. Vera Cherbina, First Vice-Governor of Primorsky Krai (TBC), Dr. N. Saravana Kumar Joint Secretary (IIC&TEL), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Prof. S.C. Garkoti, Rector-II, JNU, Prof. S.K. Soni, Director, International Collaboration, JNU, Prof. R.B. Solanki, Vice-Chancellor, CRS University, Prof. B.B. Khanna, Director, International Division, IGNOU, Dr. B.R. Mehta, Dean, IIT Delhi, Dr. Pawan Kumar, Convenor Admission Committee, University of Delhi, Dr. Anju Srivastava, Principal, Hindu College, University of Delhi, Prof. Gurinder Singh, Group Vice Chancellor, Amity Universities, WC S.K. Goel, Dy. Dir. International Affairs Division, Amity Education Group, Dr. M.K. Khanna, principal, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, Dr. Jaswinder Singh, Principal, SGTK Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Dr. C.S. Dubey, Director, Campus of Open Learning, Chairman, School of Open Learning, University of Delhi, Mr. P.K. Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University, Dr. Aman Mittal, Additional Director, Lovely Professional University, Ms. Supriya Mathew, Head, International University Collaboration, Lovely Professional University, and representatives of the Indian alumni association of Russian academic Institutions.
The aim of this Russian-Indian Cooperation is to strengthen the educational ties between the Far East Federal District Universities and the Indian partners.
Mr. N. Saravana Kumar Joint Secretary (IIC&TEL), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, apprised the august audience about the initiatives taken by the Indian Government for improving collaboration in education with various countries. The initiatives elaborated by him are as under:
- Scheme for promotions of Academic Research collaborations
- GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Network) for inviting Foreign Faculties to India for short term teaching assignments.
- GIAN PLUS for Indian faculties to go to foreign institutes for teaching short term assignments.
- Study in India program
He states that all these programs are completely funded by the Indian Government.
Joint Secretary proposed that there should be Joint Working Committee to be set up between India and Russia to improve and enhance the mutual collaboration in the field of education.
H.E. Mr. Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation agreed on the proposal of the Joint-Committee and assured the panel members that this proposal will come into action within a month. The group members and areas of collaboration in education will be identified to take the initiative forward.
Moving ahead, Prof. S.K. Soni, Director, International Collaboration, JNU informed the panel members that they have the Russian Language Department in their University offering Undergraduate to Ph.D. courses in the Russian language. The University has already signed MOU with 5 Russian Universities and is working ahead to collaborate with top Russian linguistic Schools.
Dr. Anju Srivastava, Principal, Hindu College, University of Delhi informed the audience that the college offers short-term courses in Russian language and also invited the honorable Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mr. Yury Trutnev, to visit the University.
Mr. P.K. Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University, informed the audience it is the leading private university in India offering various short term courses to International students. Recently, they have established a campus in Uzbekistan. They wanted to induce a program through which, a number of Russian students can come to India to study short-term Indian-centric programs. The University is planning to establish a campus in the Far East Federal District of Russia with the support of the Russian Federation.
Prof. Dr. S.K Washim, the Chairman of Rus Education, apprised the august audience that there is a need for fruitful conclusions out of this conference. He also informed the audience that there are 12 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), where Kyrgyzstan nearly has around 12000 Indian students, Georgia with 8000 Indian students, and Kazakhstan with 10000 Indian students. Among all the states, Russia is the most advanced state; therefore the number of Indian students in Russia should be increased.
The majority of Private Universities in Kazakhstan have a 50% partnership with the Government Universities and hence they are working to facilitate around 20000 Indian students in the coming 3 years. Private Universities of Russia can also work in collaboration with the government universities to increase the number of Indian students studying in Russia. We can take an example from the Perm State Medical University, as the university is establishing a campus that will accommodate around 6000 students.
In conclusion, H.E. Mr. Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was happy to note that the Indian government is actively working in enhancing the already existing friendly relationship between India and Russia through the medium of Education.
All participants expressed their satisfaction with the initiatives taken in the Round Table conference and decided to work in full collaboration and cooperation with each other.
Indo-Russian Round Table conference was actively managed by Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor, Vice Chairman Rus Education. The dignitaries were felicitated by Mr. Rozovsky Fedror, the Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, and Dr. SK Washim, the Chairman of Rus Education, Dr. Dinesh Singhla, Director of Rus Education.