One of India’s top universities will collaborate with ICRISAT to inspire and achieve greater goals in research and development. Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICRISAT recently for partnership towards research in science, engineering, humanities, social science and more.
Some of the key objectives of this MoU are:
- To explore, design and implement research and extension projects with shared resources from both organizations
- To host doctoral students and researchers from OU at ICRISAT for cutting-edge training and access to facilities, fields and technology
- To build capacity of agricultural universities with technology developed by OU or ICRISAT.
Speaking about OU’s rich tradition of the spirit of enquiry, Prof S Ramachandram, Vice-Chancellor, OU, said, “OU recently celebrated its centenary. The legendary institution is among the top 10 universities in the country and is home to diverse spheres of study – from genetics and engineering to social sciences and arts.” He promised to facilitate greater opportunities for students wanting to register at OU for PhD and undergraduate studies.
Dr Peter Carberry, Director General, ICRISAT, said, “We’d be very happy and honored to host OU students and have our scientists supervise them for their PhD studies. Also, this MoU opens up greater possibilities for mutual collaboration between OU academicians and ICRISAT researchers.”
ICRISAT and OU have a history of cooperation; this MoU aims to extend that further. To date, about 30 PhD students registered at OU have been trained at ICRISAT where they carried out a major part of their research. As of now, there are 14 OU students working towards their PhD in ICRISAT.
This agreement, signed on 28 May 2019 at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, promises to pump new energy into various areas of research at ICRISAT as well as OU, to the mutual benefit of both.