Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), a deemed university signed 55 MoUs with top institutions in the country and abroad to promote research cooperation and exchange of students and faculty.

A round table discussion was organised marking its 55 {+t} {+h} MoU with Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi, USA where the road map for the future collaborations and how best the collaborations should be utilised were discussed.

The Planning Commission of India former member, Prof D. Swaminadhan, who was the chief guest, dwelt at length on how globalisation has made a huge difference to India in the education sector.

Top institutions like IITs were made to open up to pass on their expertise for the development on technical education institutes from engineering colleges to Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).

The Vice-Chancellor of GITAM G. Subrahmanyam, who presided over the discussion, explained the facilities at GITAM and how it was transforming into an international higher education institution reaping benefits for the state students.

Dr. James Samuel Maddirala of JSU urged the Indian institutions to concentrate on research in public health so that they can connect with the masses who need better facilities.

He said GITAM should take a leaf out of the JSU's book as the latter has made a mark in public health research and strategies to take better health to the people unreached. Prof. Subramanyam responded to Prof. Maddirala's suggestion and said GITAM would join hands with JSU for research in the area of improving public health.

“We already have an integrated rural development programme. Now, we are planning to start a similar programme for urban areas. Discussions are on with JSU to figure out what we can in collaboration do for the development of the country,” he said.

GITAM Hyderabad campus Director, Prof Ch. Sanjay, Hyderabad Business School Director, Prof. S.S. Prasada Rao and JSU representatives Dr. Daniel Watkins, Dr. Mario Azevedo, Dr. Wlaterv Brown, and Dr. Mohammad Shabhazi were present.

R. Ravikanth Reddy