Indian Minister of Law & Justice and IT supports cooperation in IT and technology
Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Indian Minister of Law & Justice and IT, visited TUT on Tuesday, September 13, in order to discuss cooperation between the two countries regarding higher education and information and communications technology (ICT). The foundation for future fields of cooperation was agreed upon during a video conference held with Indian universities at TUT Mektory. The minister also met with Jaak Aaviksoo, an academician and Rector of TUT, with whom an agreement was made to strengthen cooperation regarding the learning mobility of researchers.
According to the TUT Vice-Rector for Innovation and Business Relations Tea Varrak, the university conducts close cooperation with India in the fields of education and science. “Memorandums signed in 2013 support cooperation specifically in IT, mathematics and natural sciences. This type of cooperation enhances bilateral student exchange as well,” said Varrak. According to her, as of August 2016, there are 97 Indian master’s students and doctoral students studying at TUT, who make up 7% of all foreign students at the university; there are seven researchers with Indian citizenship employed at TUT. “As today’s video calls reflected, TUT is already conducting multifaceted cooperation with Indian universities, for example with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, with whom future cooperation will not only cover science, but also deal with start-ups.”
According to minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the ICT cooperation of the two countries should soon reach a new level. He emphasised that although the population size of Estonia and India is vastly different, the two countries still have a lot to learn from each other. In addition, Prasad highlighted cooperation in cyber security by calling it a bloodless war, in which the key topics are a strong scientific basis, innovation and cooperation.
“The Faculty of Information Technology has connections with several leading universities in India. A great example can be found in the field of cyber security, namely that representatives of IIT Delhi have participated in the TUT Summer School of Cyber Security and discussion is ongoing on the compilation of the H2020 MC-RISE project application, which would support the learning mobility of researchers. We also have joint publications and have organised mutual visits,” said Gert Jervan, Dean of the IT Faculty. He acknowledged minister Prasad’s promise to launch a separate programme to stimulate cooperation; the programme would increase mobility of researchers and define joint R&D projects.
At TUT Mektory, the minister also met Indian students who are currently studying at TUT, to talk about their studies and experiences in Estonia. The video conference was held with three Indian universities – Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabada and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, the National Informatics Centre of was also in attendance. The universities gave a brief overview of their most influential projects in the ICT field and talked about their potential future cooperation bases with TUT.
You can find photos of the meeting here.