Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has collaborated with Ohio State University in order to start a STEM Education & Research Centre at the university. As per sources, The Ohio State University, in association with Aligarh Muslim University, has placed a proposal to launch a pilot project for education and research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in India.
As per sources, the programme, which will be lead by professor Anil Pradhan of Department of Astronomy at Ohio State and a Co-director at Aligarh Muslim University, will be implemented by both institutions to build a STEM-Education and Research Centre at AMU. STEM-ER Centre will offer opportunity for education and research in areas of mutual expertise and benefit.
According to the information, US secretary of state John F Kerry signed eight MoUs with Minister of Human Resource Development MM Pallam Raju to make stronger collaboration and develop partnership between American and Indian institutions of higher education. The tie-up with Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is one among the eight MoUs. About $250,000 will be awarded to each of these projects.
In a statement, Rahat Abrar, AMU spokesperson, said STEM-ER aims at initiating inter-disciplinary collaborative projects of mutual benefit in advanced research and innovation in key areas like spectroscopy, nanotechnology, renewable energy, information technology, environmental sciences, cancer research and mathematical research. It will also develop a two-year programme for Indian graduates to acquire skills to teach STEM subjects to undergraduate students.