Russia and India may establish a joint university

Russia has presented India with a proposal for the establishment of a joint university.

Russia has presented India with a proposal for the establishment of a joint university. TASS learned this on Friday from Sergei Shakhray, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russian Historical Society (RHS), Vice Rector of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). A day earlier, Mr. Shakhray participated in a meeting of Russian and Indian parliamentarians led by the State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin and Speaker of the Lok Sabha (Lower House) of the Indian Parliament Sumitra Mahajan.

“We have proposed three possible directions of work – the creation of a branch of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in India, building a joint-university with the University of Delhi and the formation of Russian Language Centers for those who are planning to study in Russia,” he said.

According to him, this idea was voiced also in the presence of the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari, “who expressed great interest in this subject”. “We are prepared to do our part in this direction, and prepare the appropriate agreement,” explained Mr. Shakhray.

Mr. Shakhray told TASS that he sees promising prospects for joint work in “three main educational fields – medicine, information technology, and philology”.

In 2014, a foundation agreement was signed to establish a joint Russian-Chinese International University by the L.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University and Beijing Polytechnic University (BPU). The new university should start accepting its first students this year. The timeline for the creation of a Russian-Indian university has not been announced yet.

First published in Russian by TASS.

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