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Former Indian President to open Institute

One of the principal architects of modern India is to deliver the keynote address at the inaugural conference of the Edinburgh India Institute.

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who served as President of India from 2002 to 2007, will set out his vision for the country in the context of partnership working with the University of Edinburgh.

The conference (15 & 16 May 2014) will launch the Edinburgh India Institute, which is intended to showcase and celebrate the University’s longstanding engagement with India; provide a forum for interdisciplinary opportunities; and help establish new partnerships.

Edinburgh academics and their Indian collaborators in humanities and social sciences, medicine and veterinary medicine, and science and engineering are being invited to take part in the conference, entitled ‘Innovative Engagement for Sustainable Development: The Edinburgh-India Story’.

This conference will provide an opportunity to promote academic excellence, by enabling Edinburgh-India partners to come together and share their work and help shape Edinburgh’s future strategy.

Dr George PalattiyilConference organiser

A variety of sessions - plenary, abstract-driven presentations and round-table discussions - will offer the chance for many types of academic engagement and networking.

In addition to the keynote speaker, the conference has already attracted a number of high-profile speakers from the Indian higher education sector. These include Prof Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta; Dr B Ashok, IAS, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University; Dr. Sourav Pal, Director, National Physical Laboratory, Pune; Dr Suresh Chand, Director, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi; Dr Lakshmi Kantam, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad; Mr Dilip Khatau, Chairman, The Corbett Foundation; Pawan Agarwal-IAS, Adviser to the Higher Education Planning Commission, Government of India; and William Dalrymple, writer and historian

A number of academics and researchers from the Indian higher education, business and industry sectors are also expected to participate in the conference, which will take place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh.

If you are interested in taking part in this, please contact the conference organisers Dr George Palattiyil or Dr Dina Sidhva using the e-mail address below.