Cambridge University launches professorship to honour Nehru

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New Delhi, Jan 3 (UNI) The Cambridge University, in association with the Indian Government, has set up a professorship of Indian Business and Enterprise named after India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, an alumnus of the prestigious institution, it was announced today.

The Professorship, named ''Jawaharlal Nehru Professorship of Indian Business and Enterprise'', will be established and assigned to Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

The setting up of the professorship is aimed at a process by the Cambridge University to explore partnerships with Indian business and academic institutes in areas of research and development, Cambridge University Vice Chancellor Alison Richard said at a press meet here.

The professorship has been set up with a fund of 3.2 million pounds, a contribution made by the Indian Government to celebrate the centenary of the late leader's arrival at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in Natural Sciences.

As part of efforts by the Cambridge University to develop a healthy bilateral economic and commercial relationship with Indian educational institutions, the University Vice Chancellor and other officials will visit Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore in the next ten days to interact with the Indian institutes and explore areas of partnerships.

''We are also looking at the possibility fo holding joint workshops between Cambridge scholars and Indian professors,'' Professor Richard said.

She said the healthy relationships between India and the United Kingdom, which was evidenced by the fact that Cambridge University had nearly 1200 alumni in India, arose from a common democratic outlook in both the countries.

Later in the day, Professor Richard also released 'Reflections on Teaching, Today and Tomorrow', a collection of essays written by teachers and trainers from India, at a function which was attended by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) CEO Ann Puntis, Cambridge University Press CEO Stephen Bourne, CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly among others.

The book, a compilation of the practical ideas and experiences of teachers from across the country who have developed active learning in a variety of local contexts, is an effort to encourage schools in India and worldwide to try out innovative ways of learning.

Eleven teachers from schools and institutes across the country have constributed to the compilation, which has resulted in a diversity of approaches and viewpoints.


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