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Report on Conference “Engaging India and Canada: Landmarks and Roadmaps for Global Educational Collaboration between Canada and India” India Habitat Centre , New Delhi , May 28, 2016


On the Dias: from right to left: Prof.K. Gayithri, Conference Coordinator; Prof.B.Hariharan, Member-Executive Council; H.E. Mr. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada to India, Canadian High Commission; Prof. Girish Shah, Vice-President/President-Elect, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; Shri.Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development; Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay, President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; Shri. Sunil Shastri; Dr. Prachi Kaul, Director, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute


On May 28, 2016, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute organized a conference titled “Engaging India and Canada: Landmarks and Roadmaps for Global Educational Collaboration between Canada and India” with support from MHRD, Government of India at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The thrust area of the Conference was broad based to feature disciplines and areas of research that has contributed to the shaping of Educational Collaboration between Canada and India, especially in the past two decades and in the canvas of research in specific disciplines. The Conference hoped to gain comprehension how beneficiaries of various SICI initiatives, area studies programmes, and individual initiatives have contributed to interdisciplinary research, opening up new avenues that can contribute in promoting partnerships in resource sharing and knowledge production and to help define priority areas and set time for future research.


The Conference provided a platform for a new cadre of researchers from India and Canada to present their work and discuss further academic and institutional collaborations between Indian and Canadian universities and research institutes (For List of Participants refer Annexure 1 below).


The President of Shastri Institute, Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay welcomed the participants from India and Canada. Prof. B. Hariharan, Conference Coordinator and Member – Executive Council gave an overview of the conference stating the focus Areas viz.Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Media, Education, Management, Law, Physical and Natural Science, Engineering & Applied Science and Health Sciences. He stated that the conference was a platform to share research already done and explore fresh research collaborations. He also shared the plan of the Shastri Institute of bringing out a publication on the papers presented at this conference by next year.


H.E. Mr. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada to India in his inaugural address congratulated Institute for convening the conference. He highlighted a few features of the new Government in Canada. He also spoke of the increasing trend in collaboration between India and Canada in various fields in past few years. He mentioned six important areas of collaboration between both the countries - movement of students both ways between India and Canada, Research Collaborations, Faculty exchanges, Technical & Vocational Skills and Executive Education.


Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi , Secretary, MHRD gave the Keynote address at the Conference. He started his address by paying tribute to Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri ji, former Prime Minister of India. He highlighted the challenges in India of providing good education to such large population. He spoke about the improvement required in Equity and Quality of Education and the ranking process of Indian Institutions. Mr. Oberoi emphasized that regulations in education must be catalytic. He also spoke of the online teaching and sharing of information. He said that despite all these challenges there are options also. He said that Joint research was one of the pillars of Indo-Canadian Collaborations and hoped to see more proposals from Canadian Faculty under Global Initiative of Academic Network programme (GIAN ) of MHRD of which Canadian component is managed by the Shastri institute. Mr. Oberoi ended his address by noting that the conference covered a remarkable spread of topics and thanked the Institute for inviting him.


Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay proposed a Vote of Thanks for both H.E. Mr. Nadir Patel and Shri. Vinay Sheel Oberoi and also for Shri Sunil Shastri ji.


The Inaugural Session concluded with a panel discussion on “Future Prospects for Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute: Issues and Perspectives”. The Panellists were Mr. Alok Mishra, Director (ICC), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mr.Anuj Bhasin, Trade Commissioner, Education, Canadian High Commission, Prof. Biju Paul Abraham, Dean- Academics, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR Hyderabad. The panel discussed about the building of corpus of funds to avoid over dependency of SICI on Government Grants, building of University to University linkages, autonomy of Universities, increase in SICI’s membership base, focus on Vocational Education and GIAN.


After the Inaugural session there were nine sessions - three parallel sessions each held from 12:20 pm to 1:20pm, 2:00pm – 3:30 pm and 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm where papers were presented by twenty three (23) presenters from both India and Canada (for detailed programme see Annexure 2 below).


The first parallel session on ‘Learning and Sharing’ was chaired by Prof. R.R.Jha from Banaras Hindu University and had two presentations – one each from India and Canada. These were:

1. The Training/Learning Paradox: A comparative Study of Employment training programs in Kolkata & Toronto ‘
2. New Directions for Educational Collaboration between India and Canada


The second parallel session on ‘Building Connections’ was chaired by Dr. Sucheta Pathania from University of Jammu and had only one presentation. The second presenter could not connect to the conference via Skype.

1. Youth & Education: Interrogating Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Canada and India Canadian


The third parallel session on ‘Building Bridges’ chaired by Prof. Abdul Nafey from Jawaharlal Nehru University had two (2) papers from Canadian and Indian researchers. Papers were:

1. Building Bridges across Canadian and Indian History: Interrogating the ‘twin disasters’ of Indo-Canadian migration through Literature and Films
2. India-Canada Collaborations: Innovative approaches to University-community engagement in the area of women, education and development


In the post lunch sessions the first parallel session was on ‘Learning with Roadmaps’. Prof. Arti Nanavati of M. S.University of Baroda chaired the session with three (3) presentations on the following topics:

1. Community Colleges in Canada and India
2. Development of Educational Resources in the Northeast Region: A Roadmap for Canada India Collaboration
3. Pluri-lingual Education: Step towards Multicultural Citizenry in India and Canada


The second parallel session from 2:00 pm to 3:30pm on ‘Healthy Living’ was chaired by Prof. Jamuna Duvuuru, from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. The papers presented were titled as:

1. The use of the Vitalograph COPD-6 device as a point-of-care screening tool for COPD in resource-limited settings
2. Triggering Conversations about Mental Health


The third parallel session from 2:00 pm to 3:30pm on ‘Comparing Legal Systems’ was chaired by Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR Hyderabad. The three papers presented were titled as:

1. Impact Assessment of Canada-India FTA on Canada and India and Other Regional Blocks like TPP, NAFTA and TTIP
2. Promoting India Canada Comparative Research in Teaching of Law, Dispensation of Justice and Conduct of Arbitration         Proceedings
3. An Institutional History of National Human Rights Commission: The Comparative Study of India and Canada

The first parallel session after tea break from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm on ‘Learning Natural Resource Management’ was chaired by Prof.O.P. Sha from IIT Kharagpur. The three papers presented were titled as:

1. Closing the Value Gap: Canadian and Indian Experience in use of Economic Instruments Water Demand Management 

2. Examining the Cosmopolitan and the Local in Science and Nature: Building a Canadian/Indian Research and Education Partnership
3. Climate Change and Interlinking Indian Rivers: Lessons from Canadian Inter Basin Water Transfer Experiences


The second parallel session after tea break from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm on ‘Travelling the Word’ was chaired by Prof. S. Armstrong from University of Madras. The four papers presented were titled as:

1. Sport History as an Area of Comparative Study between Canada and India 

2. The Body in Space as the Basis for Perception: the Kalaripayat Model
3. Paradigm of Art Practice: The Artist within the Community
4. Training in the Homeland: Negotiating Artistic Travel between Canada and India


The third and the last parallel session after tea break from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm on ‘Social Cost of Living’ was chaired by Dr. Aloka Parasher Sen from University of Hyderabad. The three papers presented were titled as:

1. Social Cost of Marine Juvenile Catch in India and Canada: Lessons learned for Marine Fishery By-catch Management
2. Empowering Tribals: Implementing ‘Eco- Museum’ for Sustainable development for the Meenas of Western India & Metis (First Nations of Western Canada) Empowering Tribals: Implementing ‘Eco- Museum’ for Sustainable development for the Meenas of Western India & Metis (First Nations of Western Canada)

3. Foreign policy of Canada vis-a-vis India under Stephen Harper: from cold storage to warmth of billion dollar trade


The Conference concluded with Valedictory Session where Prof. K.Gayithri, Conference Coordinator summed up the conference discussions. Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay, President, SICI gave a vote of thanks.


Annexure 1 (List of Participants)

Annexure 2 (Programme details)




    May 15, 2015, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada

Dr.Girish Shah speaking at the Plenary Session


Quebec City, May 15, 2015– A conference on the theme: Canada-India Education was jointly organized by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) and cohosted by Université Laval with the support from Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) on Friday, May 15, 2015.
This was the first major pan-Canadian meeting of major stakeholders in Canada-India Education sector since the joint declaration on 16th April 2015 by the two Prime Ministers: Stephen Harper of Canada and Narendra Modi of India to and maintain strong educational links between the two countries in April 2015.
The day-long meeting comprised of plenary session followed by three specific sessions devoted to (i) Canada-India Educational links; (ii) Building synergy among different partners in Canada-India Education sector; and (iii) Challenges and Rewards for Institutional Collaborations between Universities in Quebec and India.
At the conference, SICI was represented by its President Dr. Biju Abraham, Professor, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and its incoming President Dr. Girish Shah, Professor, Université Laval, both of whom chaired the plenary session along with Prof Richard Poulin, Director of International Bureau of Univ. Laval. Prof Shah was also chair of the organizing committee for the conference. In addition, several past, current and incoming members of SICI executive council including former Presidents of SICI played key roles in the conference as chairs and participants of different sessions, such as Prof. Margaret Walton-Roberts (Wilfrid Laurier), Mr Ron Byrne (Mount Allison), Prof. Rajesh Tyagi (HEC Montréal), and Prof. Mathieu Boisvert (UQAM), Prof. Braj Sinha (Saskatchewan), Prof. Sheila Embleton (York), Prof. Gary Van Loon (Queens) and Prof. Balbir Sahni (Concordia).
The conference brought together the full spectrum of players ranging from the decision makers in the three Governments (India, Canada and Quebec) to organizations and individuals who play a significant role in executing the collaborative programs between Canada and India, University representatives and students. The Welcome address was brought by Mr. Denis Brière, Rector, Université Laval. Among others who spoke at the event includes Mr. Tsewang Namgyal, Deputy High Commissioner of India in Canada, Mr. Jean Saintonge, Director General of Bilateral Affairs, Ministry of International Relations and Francophonie (MRIF), Government of Québec, Mr. Richard Poulin, Director, International Bureau, Université Laval, Ms. Elise Racicot from DFATD, Mr. Paul Davidson, President and CEO, Universities Canada, Ms. Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Dr. Nemy Banthia, CEO, IC-IMPACTS and Dr. Rob Annan, Chief Research Officer at MITACS.

                                                       Indian Dy. High Commissioner Mr.Tsewang Namgyal

The last session provided lively discussion on unique challenges faced by and solutions found by francophone Quebec institutions for collaborations with India. It included brief presentations of the experiences by Indian students studying in Québec and Quebecois students of their training experience in India as well as experiences of Quebecois and Indian Professors on initiating and maintaining academic links between Quebec and India. Dr. Prachi Kaul, Acting Director, of SICI office in India presented SICI’s focus on promoting Quebec as a destination for Study among Indian students through its collaboration with Government of Quebec to administer the International Tuition Fee Waiver program, as well as activities of SICI office in India to facilitate the collaborative activities of Canadian and Indian students, faculties and administrators in India.
The participants in each session highlighted the need for synergy and sustained collaborations in multiple areas among different key players in promoting educational collaboration between the two countries.
This event, in important ways builds on the momentum gained by Engaging India events organized in the recent past by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in Halifax, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Engaging French Canada event held in Pondicherry and the Engaging Canada events held in New Delhi.
The conference also received the financial and logistical support from Université Laval, and the Neuroscience axis of the CHU de Quebec Research Centre. The Indian Diaspora magazine provided a copy of the A-list of Indo-Canadians and Friends of India to all the conference participants.
The meeting concluded with a networking reception with the theme “India through the Quebecois lens” where presentations were made by Agathe Meurisse, Jeune Musicien de monde on “Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya” in Karnataka, India and by Florence Piron, Professor, Université Laval on her project for French translation of “Knowledge Swaraj: An Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology” to make it accessible to French speaking developing countries as a model for social uplifting through modern technological innovations.
Letters of greetings were sent by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Multiculturalism, Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Madam Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In his letter Minister Jason Kenney quoted “Through the Canada India Education Conference educators from both countries can work together to open avenues of cooperation, to the benefit of both of our countries. It is also an excellent way for participants to exchange ideas and collaborate to move together by complementing the strengths of each country.” The Minister thanked the members of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute for their ongoing work in support of cooperation between Canada and India in the field of education.


FromLeft: Prof.K.Gayathri, Mr.Sabu Alexander,Dr.Biju Abraham,Dr.Girish Shah,Prof.Suchorita Chattopadhyay, Mr. Ron Byrne, Mr. Richard Poulin, Dr.Prachi Kaul, Madame Monique Généreux andMs.Mahmuda Aldeen

Minister Chris Alexander, in his message said “The Indian Canadian community has grown rapidly over the past several years. This conference is a positive reflection of the energy, enthusiasm, and passion the community brings to our diverse nation. This event is also testament to the strong economic and cultural ties between Canada and India. As Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, I would like to convey our government’s appreciation for the contributions of the Shastri Indo-Canadian institute to the global conversation on bilateral educational collaboration.”
In her message Minister Christine St-Pierre said “In its international action, the Government of Québec pays close attention to the potential and opportunities India offers for student and faculty mobility, as well as for developing research and joint publication projects.” The Minister congratulated the organizing committee and all those who made this event a success.
In his letter, Mr. Deepak Obhrai said “The conference is another example of the blossoming educational cooperation between Canada and India, which was further solidified with the visit of Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi to Canada in April.”
A detailed report is being prepared by SICI and will be disseminated to all concerned including opinion, policy and decision makers.
If you would like to have more information about this event, please contact Professor Girish Shah at girish.shah@crchudequebec.ulaval.ca or SICI offices at Calgary and Delhi (www.sici.org and www.sici.org.in)


Seminar on

‘Engaging Canada: Developing Sustainable Bi-national Partnership’
November 12, 2014, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi


On the Dias from right to left -Prof. Biju P. Abraham, President, SICI, Prof. Sheila Embleton, Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, York University and Former President, SICI, Mr. Ron Byrne, Vice President/President Elect, SICI, Prof.Suchorita Chattopadhyay, Executive-Council Member, SICI, Mr. Alain Olivier, Director, Quebec Government Office, Mumbai and Ms. Victoria Sheldon, PhD Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Anthropology-University of Toronto and recipient of SICI- India Studies Fellowship for the year 2014-15


The Shastri Indo‐Canadian Institute organized a Seminar Engaging Canada: Developing Sustainable Bi-national Partnershipsand India event on November 12, 2014 at Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) HigherEducation Summit on Nov 13 & 14, 2014 in Delhi. The seminar was one of the programmes supported by the the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development (DFATD), Government of Canada through the Shastri Institute this year. The Seminar featured Canadian and Indian speakers who highlighted current opportunities for developing academic links between Indian and Canadian higher educational institutions. The panelists shared the successes of their research/academic networks, collaborations and articulated some of the challenges of developing sustainable international partnerships in higher education.


Mr. Ron Byrne, Vice President (International Affairs); Mount Allison University and Vice President/President Elect, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute spoke on ‘Canada’s Internationalization Strategy in Higher Education and Opportunities for Collaboration”.  He discussed the current priorities of DFATD in higher-education and the emerging opportunities for collaboration between Indian and Canadian higher educational institutions.  He emphasized the importance of fusing existing infrastructure to support India-Canada educational collaboration rather than inventing new organizations for the purpose. In the second presentation Dr. Sheila Embleton, Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, York University and Former President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, highlighted the real challenges encountered in developing sustainable partnerships. Dr. Embleton shared her own experiences and spoke of different ways in which the challenges encountered in terms of academic and research collaborations could be overcome.


Mr. Alain Olivier, Director, Quebec Government Office, Mumbai in his presentation on opportunities for developing sustainable partnerships with Quebec universities and research institutes informed the audience on various opportunities available for Indian students, professors and researchers for collaborative research and exchange with Québec’s excellent English- and French-language universities. He also emphasized the fruitful partnership Québec has enjoyed with the Shastri Institute and its effective role in promoting opportunities for higher education in Québec Since 2010. Dr. Biju Paul Abraham, Professor of Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in his presentation spoke of the role of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in promoting and sustaining Indo-Canada partnerships and highlighted its programmes and activities. The last presentation of the session was by Ms. Victoria Sheldon, PhD Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Anthropology-University of Toronto, and recipient of Shastri India Studies Fellowship for the year 2014-15. Ms. Sheldon discussed how the Shastri Institute fellowship has given her the valuable opportunity to engage in simultaneous language study and fieldwork for her doctoral research in alternative medicine for chronic lifestyle diseases in Kerala. Drawing on her experiences, she highlighted what Canadian scholars look for when studying in India, and how culturally immersive academic study can allow for the inter cultural dialogue and understanding necessary for providing practical benefits for the increasingly globalizing world.


The session was moderated by Dr. Suchorita Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University & Executive-Council Member, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Program concluded with the High Tea hosted at the programme venue, the Federation House.





Shastri Institute participates in the 4th Global University-Industry Congress & Higher Education Summit and Knowledgexpo

 November 20-21, 2014, at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida


The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized 4th Global University-Industry Congress & Higher Education Summit and Knowledgexpo on November 20-21, 2014, at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute participated in Higher Education Summit of the Knowledgexpo on November 20-21, 2014, and also had a pavilion at the Knowledgexpo for dissemination of information on the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s programmes and activities. The main focus of Higher Education Summit was improving entrepreneurship through Innovation. The Higher Education Summit featured industry-government policy round-tables, thematic sessions and partnership sessions.


The President of the Shastri Institute, Professor Biju Paul Abraham was a panelist at the session on ‘Global Partnerships in Indian Context’.  The session was chaired by Professor Furqan Qamar (Secretary Genral, Association of Indian Universities) and the other panelists were Professor UB Desai (Director, IIT Hyderabad), Professor Rajat Gupta (Director, NIT, Srinagar), Prof M.S. Krishnan (Associate Dean, Global Initiatives, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan), Professor Gurinder Singh (Additional Vice Chancellor, Amity Group) and Dr R C Natarajan (Director, T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal). Professor Abraham spoke about the importance of developing global partnerships and highlighted the Shastri Institutes contributions to building sustainable partnerships between Indian and Canadian universities and research institutions. He also identified some of the critical success factors for developing sustainable international education partnerships.


The first edition of a joint report being brought out by CII along with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on ‘Trends in Internationalisation of Indian Higher Education’ was also released at this session. 


 President, Professor Biju Paul Abraham speaking at the session on ‘Global Partnerships in the Indian Context’ at the CII Higher Education Summit, November 21, 2014.

Professor Shanthi Johnson, Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies), University of Regina and Past-President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute was a panellist at the session on ‘Improving Entrepreneurship through Vocational Education’. The session was chaired by Mr. Atul Bhatnagar (Chief Operating Officer, National Skill Development Corporation).  The other panellists were Dr.Miriam Carter (OP Jindal Community College), Professor Gita Rajan (Fairfield University) and Mr Vikas Gupta (Managing Director, Wiley India). Professor Johnson spoke on the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills in our education systems and also on the role that community colleges were playing in providing vocation education in Canada.

Past-President, Professor Shanthi Johnson, speaking at the session on ‘Improving Entrepreneurship through Vocational Education’ at the CII Higher Education Summit, November 21, 2014.


A large number of participants also visited the Shastri Institute pavilion at the Knowledgexpo to get information regarding the Shastri Institute’s programmes and activities.  Ms.Sanghamitra Jana Chatterjee, Programme Officer and Ms.Reshma Rana Verma,Library-in-Charge, of the India Office briefed them about current and upcoming programmes of the Institute.



The Shastri pavilion at the CII Knowledge Expo 2014.


 (From L to R)  Ms.Sanghamitra Jana Chatterjee (Programme Officer). Professor Biju Paul Abraham (President) Professor Suchorita Chattopadhyay (Executive Council Member) and Ms.Reshma Rana Verma (Library-in-charge), at the Shastri Institute Pavilion at the CII Knowledgexpo, November 20-21, 2014.


Engaging Canada Conference titled “Engaging Canada: Emerging Priorities for Sustainable Partnerships” held  on May 30, 2014



From right to left: Prof. Ravishankar Rao, Member -Executive Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; Prof. Biju Paul Abraham, President–Elect, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; Prof. Shanthi Johnson, President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; Dr. Anindya Chatterjee, Regional Director, Asia, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), New Delhi; H.E. Mr. Jim Nickel, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to India, High Commission of Canada;, Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay, Member- Executive Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.


On May 30, 2014, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute organized second Engaging Canada Conference titled “Engaging Canada: Emerging Priorities for Sustainable Partnerships” with support from MHRD, Government of India at India International Centre, New Delhi. The conference was organised with the objective of presenting collaborative research that had been completed, or was being undertaken, by Indian and Canadian universities/research institutions in five areas: Energy & Environment, Public Health, Food Security & Sustainable Development, Bi-lateral Trade and Investment and Vocational Education The Conference provided a platform for 55 researchers from 35 institutions of India and Canada to present their work and discuss further academic and institutional collaborations between Indian and Canadian universities and research institutes. The scholars included both faculty at universities/research institutes and also doctoral students. 


In the inaugural address, H.E. Mr. Jim Nickel, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada spoke about the four areas that the Canadian government was focussing on in its relationship with India -i.e. energy security, food security, education and innovation, and trade and investment. He appreciated the Shastri Institute’s efforts in funding research in areas that were priority areas for both governments. Dr. Anindya Chatterjee in his Keynote Address highlighted emerging models of development research and highlighted the emerging areas as collaborative research, bi-national research, support for multi-country and multi- community research, and research networks. 


During the Conference three papers were presented on the theme of Energy & Environment while eight presentations were made on the theme of Public Health. Session on Bi-lateral Trade and Investment had three papers while four papers were presented in the session on Vocational Education. 



Professor Biju Paul Abraham, President-Elect, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, while giving Vote of Thanks highlighted the major learnings from the daylong deliberations and thanked the participants for their valuable contributions.


Open Forum on Global Business India

From 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.



Faculty and Student Mobility

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.









Visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister of Canada (3-9 Nov 2012)


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. Mr. Ajay Bhattacharya, IAS, Secretary of Government of India, and Dr. Peter MacKinnon, the President of University of Saskatchewan also attended the signing ceremony


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 Maharashtra

17th 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.

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