IIIT-D, QUT ink pact for Cooperative Educational Exchanges

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D) and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have signed a statement of understanding for cooperative educational exchanges under which the two institutions aim to develop joint venture projects, supervise doctoral students jointly and organize joint academic and scientific activities.

The two institutions “agree that the encouragement and development of cooperation and exchange in all areas of mutual academic interest is desirable,” says the document signed by IIIT-D Director, Prof Pankaj Jalote, and QUT Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Coaldrake, on November 4, 2013.

Both sides wish to expand the basis for friendship and cooperative educational exchange, according to the document.

In this regard, the two institutions have set forth an agreement, the purpose of which includes development of joint venture projects between IIIT-D and QUT;  joint supervision of doctoral students; organization of joint academic and scientific activities such as courses, conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures; exchange of staff and/or students;  and 

exchange of materials and publications of common interest.

“Collaborative projects ensuing from this agreement may include any of the academic disciplines represented at IIIT-D and QUT,” according to the document inked by the two institutions.

Themes of joint activities and conditions for utilizing the results achieved, as well as arrangements for visits, exchanges, and other forms of cooperation will be further discussed and developed mutually for each specific case, it says, adding all financial arrangements will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

“In order to carry out and fulfill the goals of this agreement, both parties will appoint coordinators for the development and management of joint activities. Through these contact persons, either party may initiate proposals for activities under this agreement,” it says.

Specific details will be set forth in a letter of agreement which will include elaboration of the responsibilities of each institution for the agreed upon activity; schedules for the specific activity; and budgets and sources of financing for each activity.