Research and Partnerships
Purdue Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) is one of the marquee programs of the Purdue-India Initiative. This nine-week summer program in partnership with three Indian Institutes of Technology: IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, and IIT Hyderabad last took place from May 18–July 17, 2020. More information available here.
Entrepreneurship and Pharm. Sciences Initiative
Purdue has just announced a partnership with two Indian universities in the state of Andhra Pradesh -- Andhra University and Sri Venkateswara University -- to collaborate on capacity-building activities focusing on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences. The partnership is part of the government of India’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) program, intended to improve the quality of Indian state public institutions, recognizing that the development of the country’s entrepreneurial talent is critically important to job creation and overall economic prosperity.
The 12-month projects will focus on three main pillars: entrepreneurial ecosystem development, research collaboration, and core facility training. Full press release
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.