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UK University Unveiled Idea of developing Queen's Academy in India

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Plans to locate Queen's Academy in India
The Queens University in Nothern Ireland has revealed its plans about developing its Queen's Academy in India, which is a massive project aimed at training up to 250 Indian Students and faculty members over the next four years.

The applications of participants will be accepted in the spring 2014, which is intended to grow the number of new and well-qualified university staff available in India's north-eastern region. This will further held India in Government expansion of strategy for Higher Education, which is seeking to develop the University sector within the South Asian country.

Queen's University already has several existing partnerships in India focused on industry and education. The Queen's Academy in India will equip students and staff from new partners such as Tezpur University, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam University and North Eastern Hill University with PhD and master's qualifications in research, along with postgraduate certificates in higher education teaching.

Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar, India's minister for the development of the northeast region said "There is a dearth of adequately trained faculty members in the universities of northeast India."

"I am happy to note that four universities from the region, namely Tezpur University, IIT Guwahati, Silchar University and North East Hill University will tie up with Queen's University for capacity building of teaching faculty, leading to the international post graduate certificate in higher education and teaching, and the building of our research capacity in the northeastern region's faculty. I welcome this and my ministry support this proposal in principle", he added.

Mr. Singh further said "The importance of developing this relationship with India should not be underestimated. Through such initiatives, students, staff, institutions and Northern Ireland as a whole will benefit from important linkages with a growing global economy. Such opportunities have the potential to aid inward and outward mobility and also trade and investment."

About Queen's University:

The colleges were incorporated on December 30, 1845; and on October 30, 1849 they opened for students. A Board of Queen's Colleges was created to draw up regulations for the colleges, consisting of the President and Vice-President of each college.

Academic degrees were conferred by the chancellor and senate of the university with a status similar to those of other universities of the former United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The Queen's College at Belfast became predominantly Protestant, unlike the colleges at Cork and Galway.

A number of significant figures in Irish public life participated in the governing senate of the university such as Sir Dominic Corrigan (Vice-Chancellor). Naturalist Robert Ball became secretary of Queen's University of Ireland in 1851.

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