April 8 forum will focus on university opportunities in India

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President Jehuda Reinharz, Vice President for Global Affairs Daniel Terris, and professor Harleen Singh will talk about their February trip to India on behalf of the university on Thursday, April 8. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center’s multipurpose room.

The trip was part of a comprehensive, ongoing effort to strengthen the university's ties to the world's largest democracy through partnerships and exchanges. Click here to visit the presidential trip to India Web site.

During the trip, President Reinharz spoke at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit and at the Asia Society in Mumbai. He, Terris and Singh also talked with officials of Indian educational institutions about potential partnerships, observed social-justice programs in which Brandeis alumni are involved, and met with alumni and potential students.

At the Delhi summit, he called for creation of a Global Student Research Corps to “generate the data and the knowledge that we need to battle the effects of climate change and other global challenges.”

“Such a network of students could work together on common research projects—gathering data in their local communities and sharing the data on a common web platform where the results would be available to students, scholars, and policymakers alike,” Reinharz said. “Some of these projects might be hard science— students from universities around the globe working together, for example, to collect local data on coastline changes. Others might be focused on the social sciences or the humanities, perhaps even the creative arts.”

The president also conferred with Kapil Sibal, India's Minister for Human Resource Development, who is working on expanding Indian higher education partnerships, and with Arun Maira of India's Planning Commission.

The event this Thursday evening primarily will be a conversation among students and the officials who were on the India trip. Light refreshments from Waltham restaurant Little India will be served.

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