An Interactive Session by Shastri Indo Canadian Institute held at GNDU
Amritsar 22, August: Guru Nanak Dev University hosted a delegation from the Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute (SICI) to present an information session on research opportunities in India for University faculty and students. The session was conducted by Dr. Prachi Kaul, Director, Shastri Indo Canadian Institute in the Conference Hall of the university. A large number of faculty and students were present. Dr. Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, Coordinator welcomed all the dignitaries, faculty members and students on this occasion.
Dr. Prachi presented detailed information about various programs run by the Shastri Institute in collaboration with Indian and Canadian universities. The projects range from short-term grants for travel and teaching across India to extensive research funding for longer periods. The projects are aimed at enhancing exchange of knowledge and learning technologies between scholars from both countries.
She said that in past years students and faculty have undertaken research projects in India focusing on topics like resource management, poverty and economic development, mental health, land use for agriculture, and Sanskrit literature. She said that Guru Nanak Dev University became a member of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI), having its headquarters in New Delhi and Calgary, Canada. Giving this information, she disclosed that the university was the first in Punjab with category 1 status to achieve this feat. She said that SICI has around 80 Indian member institutions, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and a number of IITs. It has 30 Canadian intuitions as members. This Institute was set up to promote Indo-Canadian studies through academic activities and exchange programmes. Its membership’s makes faculty and students of member institutes to avail a large number of benefits under its wide range of schemes promoting institutional collaboration, networking and exchange programme.
Interacting with Dr. Prachi Kaul, Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor encouraged the students, scholars and faculty members of the University to avail maximum benefits and support from the SICI, a non-profit organisation. He said that Guru Nanak Dev University is one of the members of the said organisation, which is engaged in improving quality of life of the people in Canada as well as in India by building and strengthening intellectual and cultural links through research, dialogue and exchange.
Dr. Bedi said that Her Excellency Ms. Mia Yen, Consul General of Canada also visited Guru Nanak Dev University few days back for strategic collaborations between the Guru Nanak Dev University and Government of Canada in the field of Higher education. She was highly impressed by the world-class breakthroughs in science and technology being made by the University.
Dr. Bedi explained that Guru Nanak Dev University will Sign MoUs with various Universities of Canada in the field of higher education and research. The MoUs will cover the scope of interaction among members of faculty relating to joint research projects, visits for such purposes and when necessary, joint applications for research funding from external funding agencies, the official statement said. It was also agreed that officials from both sides will hold further discussions to develop the early draft framework of Canada-India education paternership.
Dr. Bedi said that membership of SICI brings several benefits and opportunities Guru Nanak Dev University. SICI has student fellowships intended to encourage young scholars/students. This programme provides opportunities for exposure in an international academic and research setting which brings lifelong benefits to the individual trainees. Doctoral/Post -Doctoral/Student fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for the researchers to serve as a medium whereby intellectual exchange can be the basis for cultural connection. Mobility programme designed for senior academicians/ educational administrators, provides an opportunity for personal enrichment and professional development. On the other hand, the Institutional Collaborative Research grants are to encourage and promote collaborative research and development between Indian and Canadian Institutions in the areas in which Indian Institutions can gain and develop. SICI also support academic activities such as seminars, conferences and workshops in areas of our interest. Most importantly, SICI provides a platform to network for collaborative linkages and information flow between scholars and Institutions in both India and Canada.
The lecture was followed by an interactive Session during which students raised their queries pertaining to study grants. The programme was executed under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu and co-ordinateded by Dr. Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi. The lecture proved to be extremely beneficial and informative as it provided valuable guidance to students and faculty members to get independent research grants