Edinburgh strengthens India links

The University is showcasing its research and teaching excellence on a tour of India this month.

Graphic showing India and Edinburgh landmarks

Experts in medicine, science and humanities will present a series of public lectures, academic events and projects in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Rajasthan.


Our video playlist contains highlights from the tour of India.


Edinburgh academics will hold lectures and workshops and collaborate with Indian institutions and businesses on a number of projects and research topics.

Head of Mobile Communications, Professor Harald Haas, will demonstrate his pioneering Li-Fi technology at events in Mumbai and Delhi.

Professor Robin Wallace, from the School of Engineering, will teach a course entitled ‘Introduction to Marine Renewable Energy’ at IIT Madras in Chennai.

Assistant Principal, Global Health, and Director of the Global Health Academy, Prof Liz Grant, will address the Indian Association of Palliative Care Conference in Pune and meet with Christian Medical College Vellore.

Prof Neil Robertson, from the School of Chemistry, will discuss solar cell collaborations with India’s National Chemical Laboratory

Dr Wilfried Swenden, Co-Director Centre of South Asian Studies, will hold a two-day workshop at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, focusing on territorial politics.

Prof Anna Meredith, from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, will run a four-week conservation course in wild animal health at the Sariska National Park in Rajasthan.


Events are expected to attract Edinburgh alumni, education professionals, academic and business contacts throughout India.

Edinburgh academics will develop relationships with existing partners and seek new collaborations with some of India’s leading institutions and businesses.

The range of events and meetings will provide an opportunity to maximise awareness of the University’s academic, teaching and research partnerships in India.

It is hoped that by sharing knowledge, researchers will aid efforts to improve animal and human health in India.

Make in India

A number of Edinburgh academics and students will participate in India’s national global design and manufacturing event ‘Make in India’ in Mumbai.

Edinburgh is the only overseas university to have been chosen to participate in Make In India’s student-led Hackathon event at IIT Bombay.

Computing, engineering and design scholars from Edinburgh will address a range of challenges - related to energy, transportation and water - at the event.

The students, led by Dr Jamie Cross from School of Social and Political Science, will present their solutions to a panel of venture capitalists, policy makers and journalists.

The University’s new Dean for South Asia, Dr Pankaj Pankaj, will attend the Asia Business Forum, focusing on new ideas and technologies for India, while Dr Andy Kerr, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, will address the event’s Renewable Energy Sector Seminar.


Edinburgh has links with a number of Indian universities including the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Science, National Centre for Biological Science, the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University.


The University’s India blog will be updated with articles, photos and videos by Edinburgh academics and staff on a frequent basis.

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Edinburgh and India

The University has been linked with India for nearly 250 years. Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh's Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, wrote one of the earliest European texts to focus on India.

Edinburgh’s first Indian student graduated in 1876 and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK University.

The University of Edinburgh’s India Institute and the India Liaison Office in Mumbai seeks to extend the University’s relationship with India by encouraging research collaborations and academic exchanges.

More than 300 Indian students are studying at Edinburgh this academic year, an increase of 14 per cent compared to 2014/15. Edinburgh also has the largest cohort of Indian students in Scotland

The University of Edinburgh enjoys a long standing relationship with India. An important part of our engagement has been the development of major, mutually beneficial links with universities. This week’s series of events in India underpins our commitment to strengthen research and teaching partnerships, grow our Indian student body and reinforce our position as the partner of choice in India.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal, the University of Edinburgh