Press release for the 2nd Meeting of the Russian-Indian Network of Higher Education Institutions, which was held on 4-9 October 2017 in Moscow and Tomsk, Russia.

TPU and Indian IITs to establish joint educational programs within the Russian-Indian Network of Institutions of Higher Education

The II Meeting of the Russian-Indian Network of Institutions of Higher Education was held in two Russian cities Moscow and Tomsk. The delegation of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) visited Tomsk Polytechnic University on 9 October 2017. Here they got acquainted with educational programs and scientific research of TPU which might result in common areas of interest for both parties. They also met Indian students who take academic programs or do internships at the University.


Tomsk Polytechnic University hosted the Dean International Relations Rajiv Onkar Dusane and Ass. Prof. Sagar Mitra from IIT Bombay, Dean Faculty Sandeep Sen from IIT Delhi, Director Uday B. Desai from IIT Hyderabad, Ass. Dean of R&D Unit Asif Ekbal from IIT Patna, Dean Academic Research Ashok K. Mishra from IIT Madras.

Dr. Asif Ekbal

Dr. Asif Ekbal, IIT Patna

‘Tomsk Polytechnic University actively cooperates with Indian universities. Since 2014 we have signed 14 cooperation agreements.

To date, our main areas of cooperation are student exchange programs. We jointly organize short-term internships for PhD students, implement postdoctorate programs. Now seven faculty members from India work at TPU. We also develop joint academic programs,’ said TPU Vice-Rector for External Affairs Liliya Kiryanova at the meeting.

External Affairs Liliya Kiryanova

The most interesting areas for further cooperation between TPU and Indian universities are oil & gas, nuclear technology, medical technology, industrial design and water treatment. Dean International Relations of IIT Bombay Rajiv Onkar Dusane stressed that first of all, students and PhD students shall benefit from cooperation between universities of the two countries.

‘In this context the university cooperation within RIN should lead to joint PhD programs supervised by two scientific leaders. To this end, we try to identify common areas of interest with TPU faculty members and Indian IITs present here today.

Indian IITs present

We are looking for complementarity with our programs in expertise which exists here in Tomsk, which will later result in topics for joint training of PhD students.
Only then we will be able to see the outcomes of such cooperation,’ shared his vision Prof. Rajiv Onkar Dusane.

‘Our cooperation with TPU might be at different levels. First, it can be faculty exchange. Indian faculty members can come to teach particular modules in IT field, they can conduct academic research projects and it can be very interesting. Secondly, we see good opportunities for joint scientific research. For this purpose it is necessary to come up with joint research proposals,’ added Director of IIT Hyderabad Uday B. Desai.

Students from India have been studying at TPU since 2002. In 2017, there are 47 Indian students: they pursue not only full-time bachelor and master programs, but also participate in exchange programs and scientific internships.

A video from the TPU presentation to IITs delegation and an audio interview with Dr. Asif Ekbal


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