Staff Reporter

Kakinada: The Jackson State University (JSU), Mississippi and JNTU-Kakinadareached a formal agreement to undertake joint research projects involving both their faculties and students. Besides, JSU Associate Vice-President James Samuel Maddirala promised to look into the possibility of extending financial assistance to JNTU-K in the due course.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, Mr. James said JSU has a Federal funding of $ 100 million every year, which enabled it to extend financial support to overseas institutions. JSU has recently launched a Translational Research Forum in India (TRFI) to facilitate collaborations among health, bio-medical, socio-behavioral and engineering scientists.

The objective of TRFI was to help researchers rapidly find the materials and technologies needed for exploring the frontiers of all technological arenas. JSU was looking forward to participation of institutions like JNTU-K to achieve the larger goal of building global academic communities. JSU has its activities spread across 40 countries including the `BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa) countries’.

JNTU-K Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao said he was expecting JSU’s help in offering new courses in public health, climatology and agricultural technology. JNTU-K faculty and students would be provided access to some of JSU’s on-line journals and other facilities as part of the ensuing tie-up.

Team’s visit

Jackson State University (JSU) professors James Maddirala (associate vice-president) and Mario Azevedo (Dean, College of Public Service) and I.V. Murali Krishna of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, visited Chaitanya Institute of Science and Technology (CIST), Madhavapatnam here on Thursday.

They interacted with the faculty and addressed students. They invited the faculty to attend the International Summit on Nano Technology to be held at JSU in April. Sasi Varma, Managing Director of Chaitanya Group of Educational Institutions, academic director M.L. Narasimham, CIST principal P.V. Krishnam Raju, vice-principal Ananda Mohan Rao and others took part in the deliberations.