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All go for joint cooperation
Co-operative activities between Singhania University in India and the University College of Borås are to start within the textile field. An agreement to this effect was signed here at the University College of Borås on Wednesday 22nd of June.
Singhania University is presently in a build-up phase and, when complete, will consist of three faculties covering the fields of technology, textiles and business studies. A research centre focused on each of these areas is also envisaged.
The faculty of technology is the first to be established and it is within this sector that the two cooperating universities are to introduce their activities of cooperation.
During 21st and 22nd June representatives from Singhania University visited the University College of Borås. The industrial magnate Mr Yadupati Singhania - who is also the founder of Singhania University - together with the Rector of Singhania University, Ashok Gosh with Mrs Gosh and Ambassador A.K. Saraogi spent time visiting facilities and meeting with HB representatives to explore possibilities to further enhance cooperation between the two universities.
"Tomorrow we are going to sign an agreement on cooperation" revealed Mr Yadupati Singhania during his visit to the Swedish School of Textiles on Tuesday. The Indian delegation were shown around the School, its facilities and its machine park by Katrin Tijburg, Kenneth Tingsvik and Erik Bresky.
Center of research in textiles
"What we have seen corresponds perfectly well with our expectations, it was most interesting and encouraging" commented Mr Yadupati Singhania after the tour.
"We want to establish a centre for education and research in textiles in India, at Singhania University, and it is to this end that we are interested in cooperating with the University College of Borås", he added.
Mr Yadupati Singhania admitted that he was especially impressed with the technical emphasis typified, amongst other things, by the machine-park.
"Our textile industry is huge and we shall be in need of great numbers of qualified workers in the future. In traditional, conventional teaching, there is much concentration on theoretical knowledge; here in Borås, you have succeeded in going beyond that, the students here learn to handle machines and to make technology work just as it is in the real world, in the industries and factories. This is really interesting for us to see, and it would be a great achievement if our Indian students could also learn how machines function during their formal period of education", explained Mr Singhania.
Cooperation with industry
Members of the delegation were also positively interested in HB:s ideas on field-based research.
"Traditionally, academia has been isolated from industry, but I welcome cooperation between these two actors. I believe that it would be particularly valuable if the establishment of the research centre in textiles at Singhania University could take place jointly with the University College of Borås and with the support of industry", added Mr Ashok Gosh, Rector of Singhania University.
Text and photo: Eva-Lotta Andersson
Translation: Chagan Lalloo
Svensk version: http://www.hb.se/nyheter/default.asp?DNR=1511
Text: Pia Mattzon