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Leading Indian Institutes signs with Australia's La Trobe University

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India & Aus Varsities tie up for Edu'n
Australia's La Trobe University has been at the forefront of higher education in Australia for the past forty seven years. Its senior delegation travelled to India to ink MoU's and exchange agreements with leading Indian Institutes, including MIT-SOM, Pune; BITS, Pilani & Sharda University, Noida.

La Trobe University is a multi-campus university based in Victoria, Australia.

The University's senior delegation was headed by Professor John Rosenberg, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Vice President, La Trobe University and Professor Brian McGaw, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Technology & Engineering, La Trobe University.

Speaking on the Occasion, Professor John Rosenberg (SDVC), La Trobe University, said "There have been many exciting developments which have taken place at La Trobe University. India has always inspired me to come out with something new on behalf of La Trobe University, which can help Indian students.

This time, La Trobe is offering New MoU's & exchange agreements with Indian Institutes in addition to existing strong partnerships. Secondly, with the inauguration of LIMS, La Trobe students will get a bunch of additional opportunities to prove their potential.

Indian students interested in research will get a lot of exposure to modern science in La Trobe's iconic buildings, which include the La Trobe institute of Molecular Sciences [LIMS], (A$100 Million) and Centre for Agri Bioscience (built with A$ 288 Million), have been inaugurated recently.

While LIMS will focus on research into the basis of human, plant and animal disease, and in driving technological approaches to combating disease, AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience, (a joint venture between La Trobe University & Victorian Government resulting in largest agricultural R&D organisations in Victoria) will strengthen Victoria's international reputation for plant, animal and microbial biosciences along with bio protection research and diagnostics", added Professor John Rosenberg.

Speaking on La Trobe's association with India, Professor Rosenberg said "La Trobe University and India have always shared a very close connection. At its birth in 1967, La Trobe University decided to make a commitment to the study of India and its neighbours. Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi also visited La Trobe University during her Australian tour in 1968."

La Trobe University has increasingly proved its attractiveness to students from South Asia, particularly in engineering, computer and business studies. A mark of this attractiveness is to be seen in the choice of La Trobe University as the setting for scenes in the feature film Salaam Namaste released in September 2005 starring Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.

La Trobe University has decided to name its theatre after late Mr Yash Chopra, to give tribute to him as a most significant contributor to Indian cinema, who proved his mark with his excellence in direction and production.

Professor Brian McGaw, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Technology & Engineering, La Trobe University, Australia said "La Trobe University's strength in research can be judged by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012 report which reveals that four of La Trobe's research areas are well above world standards - analytical chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, microbiology and veterinary sciences.

A La Trobe Indian student, Ms Hina Kalra has been awarded Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship to pursue her research on topic ‘Role of wnt signalling pathway in modulating the extracellular matrix components in colorectal cancer'. She has been awarded A$90,000 Living allowance and her tuition fee has been waived off by La Trobe University".

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