Three universities in Tamil Nadu have been selected for project grants under the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award for 2013. The grant recipients were announced at the U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue coinciding with the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry, June 23 - 25, 2013, for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi.

The three universities selected under the Indian-led partnerships include: National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi (partner university: University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis); and Annamalai University (Tennessee Tech University).

The Initiative strengthens collaboration and builds partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education in priority fields. Each project will receive an award of approximately $250,000 that can be utilized over a three-year period, with the objectives of cultivating educational reform, fostering economic growth, generating shared knowledge to address global challenges, and developing junior faculty at Indian and American institutions of higher learning.

Research areas

National Institute of Technology will pursue a project entitled, “Cognitive based Curriculum Development Tool in emerging areas of Computer Engineering and Management Studies for Teaching-Learning Process.”

Avinashilingam Institute will research “A Sustainable Response for Home Science and Higher Education for Women.”

Annamalai University will work on the project, “Tamil Nadu Energy Futures: Mapping Uncertainties and Remarks.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama announced the Obama-Singh Initiative in November 2009 as an affirmation of their commitment to building an enhanced India-U.S. partnership in education. Each government pledged $5 million for this endeavour, for a total of $10 million.

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