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Indian delegation seeks to establish links with Leicester

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Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Leicester; Professor Sharad N Bansal PhD Director of International Affairs; Professor Yogesh Singh Vice-Chancellor, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Professo Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Leicester; Professor Sharad N Bansal PhD Director of International Affairs; Professor Yogesh Singh Vice-Chancellor, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Professo

A delegation from The Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda has been in talks with the University of Leicester and business leaders about strengthening links between the universities and the regions.

Professor Yogesh Singh Vice-Chancellor and Professor Sharad N Bansal PhD Director of International Affairs at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda took part on a three-day tour of the University of Leicester where they met the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess and academic leaders in the College of Arts, Humanities and Law and the College of Social Science.

The visit to Leicester reciprocates one from Leicester to India in December involving Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (international), Dr Prashant Kidambi, of the School of History and Professor Douglas Tallack, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Halliwell said: “The University of Leicester is very excited to be working closely with the MS University of Baroda and we have offered a warm welcome to our distinguished guests. MSU is a historic university with some fine academic departments, ranked in the top 10 throughout India. We are very pleased to see close intellectual synergies between our two universities, particularly in the subjects of Archaeology, History and Museum Studies. We are currently focusing on finalising a Masters agreement which will benefit Indian and British students in the arts, humanities and social sciences, while future visits will enable us to work on additional areas of mutual strength such as law and the biosciences. The visit from the Vice-Chancellor of MSU has also provided a great opportunity to deepen cultural, regional and educational links between the cities of Leicester and Baroda.”

Professor Singh added: “It is an amazing experience to see the University of Leicester. We all want to collaborate, cooperate and coordinate in the common areas of interest. Both universities are very old and reputed seats of learning and research. The new platform will provide facilities and opportunities for researchers, students and teachers. common areas will be identified by the experts of both universities very soon. We are very hopeful for overall success of these initiatives."

Chairman of Indo British Trade Council (IBTC) Uday Dholakia and Ather Mirza, who represents the University of Leicester on the IBTC Board, hosted a meeting in the city with the Indian visitors where they discussed opportunities for the British Indian Diaspora and businesses to play an active role in developing bilateral student, research and wider academic links including a proposal to establish scholarships for India.

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