Our broad based initiatives support the creation of bi-national links between academia, government, the business community and civil society organisations by funding research and hosting seminars. Our internship and fellowship programmes provide opportunities for individuals to gain first-hand experience in India or Canada. In addition, our Library programme provides valuable resources to students and faculty at our Member Institutions.
The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute became bi-national in 2005. It has the honour of being the only Institution which has fifty one (51) premier academic Institutions as its members in India (including IITs, IIMs, Law schools, Central and State Universities) and thirty eight (38) universities in Canada (including McGill, Queen’s and York Universities). The Institute’s scope has expanded as well to include law, management, arts, information science, environment, science and technology including biotechnology along with humanities and social sciences.
The Shastri Institute is funded by and partners closely with government bodies both in India and Canada.
The aim is to further the bi-national ethos through different programmes facilitating scholarly research and exchanges between the Indian and Canadian Universities, Cultural organisations, Government Bodies and United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
SICI has a unique mandate as it operates broadly speaking in two major directions, first, as a financial support system for academic and research programmes in terms of different fellowships by both the governments. (We have just added Faculty and Student Mobility programme funded by Government of India to this list). Second, as a bi-national network of leading academic institutions, as knowledge partners in generating linkages and collaborations that transcend the traditional system of cooperation. This to my mind is the strenghth of the bi-national character of the Institute.
Prof. Sunaina Singh, Former President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute