Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute News Release
Open Forum on Global Business IndiaFrom left to right: Rajesh K. Tyagi, Assistant Professor, HEC Montreal and Secretary-Treasurer of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Shanthi Johnson, Vice-President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Ranbir Singh, President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Dr. Asha Seth, Senator, Parliament of Canada, Jean-Stéphane Bernard, Deputy Minister for Bilateral Affairs.
March 1, 2013, the Deputy Minister for Bilateral Affairs Department of International Relations, La Francophonie and Trade (MRIFCE), Jean-Stéphane Bernard, attended the opening session of the Business Forum Global India, on the theme "Developing business ties with India" in the premises of the School of Advanced Commercial Studies (HEC Montreal).
Mr. Bernard has shared the podium with Canadian Senator, Dr. Asha Seth, and the President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Mr Ranbir Singh. On this occasion, Mr. Bernard reiterated the priority given to India by the Quebec government, both in terms of export development and investment, which institutional relations and intercollegiate, to an audience interested in bringing students, business representatives and members from the Indo-Québec. He also stressed the highlights of the recent mission of Québec in India, led by the Minister of MRIFCE and the Minister for Industrial Policy and Economic Development Bank, Elaine Zakaïb, from January 25 to February 2, 2013 , in which a dozen representatives from the institutional and business participated. Note that some of the most prolific Quebec companies in India, including Bombardier, Toon Boom Animation Technologies Bioastra and also participated in the thematic sessions of the day.
The conference was organized by HEC Montreal and the Council Canada-India Business and sponsored by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Recall that the Quebec government has recently renewed an agreement on the management of exemptions tuition fees offered to Indian scholars wishing to study in Quebec.
As a unique bilateral Institution between India and Canada in the field of academics and culture, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute promotes understanding between these two countries through academic-cultural activities and exchanges. Faculty Mobility Programme started as a new initiative of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute under the IX Addendum to MoU with the Government of India. The basic objective of the programme is the promotion of faculty exchange between India and Canada. This programme is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India. As an awardee for the year 2012-13 Professor Sushil Kansal of Panjab University went to University of Waterloo. Here are some media coverage on his visit.
Engaging Canada - Engaging India: The French Canadian Context.
held on 11 & 12 June, 2012.
"This is the first bi-national and bilingual conference of its kind being organised by Pondicherry University in collaboration with Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute. Given the rich French heritage of Pondicherry and the strong academic presence of the Pondicherry University on the Indian academic scene, this conference promises to be highly beneficial to all participants. This event will be of special interest to all scholars and institutions from India with collaborative relationship with French and English Institutions from the French Canadian Province of Quebec as well to French Canadian Studies faculty in India and Canada. Conference participation is open to all institutions across India."
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute inks agreement with Government of Saskatchewan
13 April 2012
Moving forward with the vision of our leaders, Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh enshrined in the Canada-India education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two governments, a comprehensive MOU on academic relationship between Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Government of Saskatchewan was signed on April 13, 2012.
Saskatchewan Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Rob Norris and the President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Dr. Braj Sinha signing MOU between the Shastri Institute and the Government of Saskachewan on Friday, 13 April 2012
The MOU outlines the broader parameters of co-operation and collaboration between the province of Saskatchewan and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in the field of education, innovation and research. Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris signed the MOU with Dr. Braj Sinha, President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.
“India has become an increasingly important partner for Saskatchewan,” Norris said. “Saskatchewan is India’s largest trading partner in Canada, but this MOU will broaden the scope of our relationship to include education and innovation. This MOU will facilitate and foster even closer ties between our two jurisdictions and continue to support the growth of our knowledge economy.”
“The Saskatchewan-Shastri MOU heralds a new era of Saskatchewan and India education collaboration,” Dr. Sinha said. “This is the first provincial MOU to go forward in a tangible way and supports the agenda of the Canada-India Education Co-operation MOU announced by Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Manmohan Singh recently.”
Objectives of the MOU include:
- Promoting Saskatchewan-India education co-operation and collaboration;
- Raising Saskatchewan’s education profile in India;
- Developing provincial international education strategies and plans forIndia;
- Working with the Saskatchewan International Education Council on meeting the province’s educational and institutional goals in India;
- Working closely with Saskatchewan universities and other stakeholders promoting Saskatchewan-India education cooperation and collaboration;
- Support potential Saskatchewan education missions to India;
- Engage private businesses to meet the province’s international education goals in India.
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization dedicated to building and strengthening intellectual and cultural linkages through research, dialogue and exchange. The organization promotes understanding between the two countries through academic exchange.
Link to Saskatchewan Government news release:
Shastri facilitates closer ties for Alberta and Maharashtra17th and 18th November 2011 Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
It was Shastri's great privilege and pleasure to co-organize and facilitate the highly successful Alberta-Maharashtra Roundtable held on November 17th and 18th in Mumbai under the guidance of the Alberta Government's Advanced Education & Technology Department. The highlight of the Roundtable was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Alberta Advanced Education & Technology and the Government of Maharashtra.
This roundtable brought together government delegates as well as representatives of higher education and industry from the province of Alberta and state of Maharashtra who met to identify mutual areas of interest and co-operation. The Albert Delegation, led by Assistant Deputy Minister Mel Wong, was comprised of 14 delegates. The Roundtable took place over the course of two days, the first of which witnessed presentations from both governments, as well as Clean Water and Alternative Energy experts.
Shastri President, Dr. Braj Sinha inaugurated the Roundtable with a welcome speech and introduced the dignitaries. In his welcome address, Dr. Sinha hailed the roundtable and MOU signing as a significant milestone in the Canada-India collaborative relationship. He extolled the Alberta and Maharashtra Governments for pursuing the vision and commitment of the Canada-India Education MOU announced last year by the Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Manmohan Singh.
Shastri Vice-President, Dr. Ranbir Singh, facilitated the expert presentation and plenary sessions. On the second day of the Roundtable delegates were hosted at institutions of Higher Education as well as economic and business organizations.
The MOU was formalized by Assistant Deputy Minister for Alberta Advanced Education & Technology, Mr. Mel Wong and the Honorable Dattraya Savant, Minister of State for Medical Education, Higher and Technical Education, Non-Conventional Energy and Special Assistance Programme. The MOU marks the beginning of a closer working relationship between Alberta and Maharashtra in the fields of higher and post-secondary education, research and commercialization.
For more information on the details of the Roundtable program and its attendees, please follow the below link: