McRobbie in India to work on partnership aimed at improving research, collaboration

  • March 24, 2014

Editor's note: This story from The Bloomington Herald-Times is being published here as a courtesy for readers of IU in the News.

Two organizations representing research and higher education will establish a partnership this week to improve research collaborations between the U.S. and India.

Internet2, an advanced technology network focusing on research and education, is pairing with the National Knowledge Network, the leading research and education network in India.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, who is chairman of the Internet2 board, will be in New Delhi, India, today and Friday with H. David Lambert, CEO and president of Internet2, and a delegation of American college presidents, chief information officers and researchers to form the partnership.

“The Internet means that science and research are no longer limited to the borders of one country but are truly international no matter what the areas,” McRobbie said in a news release. “Vital to international collaborative digital science and research are the high-speed national research and education networks and the essential connections between them.”

McRobbie said he hoped the network will create collaborations in new ways that lead to improved quality of life for people around the world.

Representatives from Internet2 and the National Knowledge Network will sign a memorandum of understanding to form the partnership, and Sam Pitrado, adviser to the prime minister of India, will lead a panel discussion of American and Indian university leaders during the trip.