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Purdue's president to expand, build
partnerships in India, China
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
University President France A. Córdova will embark on a two-week trip
beginning Saturday (Nov. 1) to build partnerships in India and China.
"Purdue is truly
a global university," Córdova said. "Many Purdue alumni are now
leaders in China and India. Our
faculty members partner with universities in both countries. Many of our
students hail from these nations as well. Through this trip, we'll look for
new opportunities to build on this substantial foundation."
Purdue has the
second-largest number of international students (5,479) of any public
university in the United
Purdue's students come from more
than 120 countries, and the largest number of those students - 1,256 - come
Students from China
are Purdue's second-largest population, with 975 on campus this fall.
of Purdue faculty and staff also are Indian- or Chinese-born.
In Bangalore, Córdova will meet with key city
and country leaders at the Indian Institute of Science and with officials at
Infosys Technologies. She also will travel to the General Electric
Center to review a
nanomaterials partnership opportunity and other projects in General
Electric's global research division.
At Cummins India in
Mumbai, a five-year memorandum of understanding will be signed between
Purdue, Cummins Inc. and the Cummins College of Engineering for Women. The
college and company, which has its main headquarters in Columbus,
Ind., have partnered with Purdue since 2003
to send Indian graduates to the West
Lafayette campus for master's and doctoral studies.
The memorandum calls on the three to expand these efforts, particularly with
research and development; student and faculty exchange; a fellowship program;
and support for mechanical engineering curriculum at the Indian campus.
In addition, Córdova
will meet with officials at IIT Bombay, the Tata Institute of Fundamental
Research, the University Institute of Chemical Technology and the S.P. Jain
Institute. Córdova will visit a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Hyderabad and a
cellular and molecular biology research facility.
Kong, Córdova will discuss joint research efforts, student
internships and research fellowships with officials at the Applied Science
and Technology Research Institute Inc. She also will discuss partnerships and
research with Alexander Tzang, deputy president of Hong Kong Polytechnic
University, and Paul
Chu, president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
will be held in Bangalore, Mumbai and Hong Kong, providing opportunities for alumni as well
as parents of current students to meet Córdova.
Purdue alumni from India and China, many of whom Córdova will
meet with, include:
* Satish Reddy Kallam
- managing director of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. He earned his bachelor's
degree from the School
of Pharmacy in 1991.
* Habil F.
Khorakiwala - founder and chairman of Wockhardt Ltd., a biotechnology and
pharmaceutical company. He earned his master's degree from the School of Pharmacy in 1966.
* Charles Mok -
director of Computancy Ltd., an information technology consulting company. He
earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and computer
engineering in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
* G.V. Prasad -
executive vice chairman and CEO of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. He earned
his master's degree in industrial administration from Purdue's Krannert
School of Management in 1983. (The degree is the equivalent of today's master
of business administration.)
* C.N.R. Rao -
honorary president of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific
He earned his doctorate from Purdue's School of Science
* Sanjay Reddy - vice
chairman of GVK Industries Ltd. He earned his bachelor's degree in industrial
engineering in 1987.
Sadagopan - director of the Indian Institute
of Information Technology/Bangalore.
He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue's School of Industrial
Engineering in 1977 and 1979, respectively.
* Pooja Shetty -
director at Adlabs Films Ltd. She earned her bachelor's degree from the
Krannert School of Management in 2000.
* Venu Srinivasan -
CEO of TVS Motor Co. He earned an MBA from the Krannert School of Management
Venkatesan - chairman of Microsoft/India. He earned an MBA from the Krannert
School of Management in 1986.
* Patrick Wang -
chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Electric in Hong