Developing strong partnerships with Indian institutions of higher education, Indian companies, and multinationals with a presence in India is a cornerstone of the Purdue-India relationship. Sustainable partnerships provide opportunities for student and faculty mobility, joint research, and internship opportunities. On January 24, 2017, Purdue’s Executive Vice President and the Secretary of India’s Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) signed an MOU in support of international academic cooperation. SERIIUS—the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States—is another Purdue partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)—Bangalore, India, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA. In July, 2015, Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Labs signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Purdue to strengthen pharmaceutical research and development. In November 2014, Purdue President Mitch Daniels signed a partnership agreement with officials from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai that enabled joint supervision of doctoral candidates between Purdue and IITM. In May 2015, President Daniels signed an MOU with the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), which provides a vehicle for Purdue and IITH to expand collaborative educational and research opportunities for faculty and students at the two universities. These are just a few of the numerous Purdue-India partnerships in which faculty, staff, and students are involved.

First Cohort of Indian “PURE” Students at Purdue

Twenty-five Indian undergraduate students from three Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Madras) arrived on campus May 16 for the inaugural Purdue Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) program. The rising juniors and seniors were selected for the nine-week program through a competitive application process and assigned to a Purdue faculty member to work on a summer research project. Five Purdue departments/schools within the College of Engineering and College of Science are participating: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Computer Science. Through PURE, the IIT students get a chance to “test drive” graduate level research while contributing to a project in their area of study and experiencing life on a U.S. campus. PURE students attended a welcome orientation session to help them acclimate to the university and a graduate student panel where they heard from six Indian Purdue graduate students about their experiences in Master’s and PhD programs at Purdue. They have also been invited to partake in various summer activities and excursions throughout their stay, organized by the Office of International Programs.

PURE was made possible with funding from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, the five participating schools/departments, and each faculty advisor and with support from IITB, IITH, and IITM.

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