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India Collaborations And Links

India Collaborations And Links


The Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds signed an MOU with Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata on 23rd May, 2007. The MOU was signed by Prof. Andrew Lock, Dean, Leeds University Business School and Prof. Shekher Chaudhrui, Director, IIM, Kolkata.

The tie-up aims to foster research, teaching, cultural understanding as well as (enhance) the international reputation of the Institutions through joint programmes, joint research projects, joint conferences, events and exchange of Faculty members and research staff among other things.

For starters, 14 students from IIM, Kolkata's post graduate programme in Management for Executives (PGPEX) have gone to Leeds University Business School for a five week International Immersion Programme. Participants are expected to undertake a consulting type project/internship with a firm during the five weeks of the international immersion.

"Our School has a similar tie-up with the IIM, Ahmedabad. After this MOU with IIM, Kolkata we will gradually move to the field of research to achieve international standards" said Prof. Andrew Lock, Dean, Leeds University Business School during the signing ceremony of MOU. Dr. Chaudhuri added, "Our vision is to create an international centre for excellence. This MOU will take us a step forward in achieving our goal. We can foresee many other joint activities."

LUBS was a host to six students from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) who were the first intake on the International Immersion Programme - a joint venture between the two Institutions.

The students spent a week at the James E Lynch India and South Asia Business Centre in early November where they were introduced to European business in the context of the dynamic and ongoing project of the creation of the European Union. The objectives of the course were to enable them to understand the distinctive character of European business and its trends; better appreciate the relationship between European business and the global environment; and understand how the interaction between firms and national and supra-national governments and their preferences helps to shape institutional arrangements.

"This was the first time a module like this had been delivered in Leeds to students from IIMA, so we were feeling our way to some extent" explained Dr Malcolm Chapman, Module Leader, "The task was made easy, however, since the students were so intelligent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and inquiring of mind. We ranged widely over the European map, looking at the interaction of business, cultural and political issues, and at the rationale for the European Union and its business implications. We also considered some aspects of business history, located as we were in West Yorkshire, one of the heartlands of the first industrial revolution. We also drove together to Bradford (which is where I live) for a cup of tea, to see a British Asian community at work, and to gaze in awe at Lister's Mill Chimney!"

The feedback from the students was very positive, the only downside being that the course wasn't long enough! Aside from meeting current LUBS students and staff they cited one of their most enjoyable experiences as meeting Wendy Lynch, wife of the late Professor Jim Lynch after who the Centre is named. Programme Director Nicolas Forsans was delighted with the International Immersion Programme. He said: "This is a significant development in the history of two highly regarded institutions in their own country. LUBS and IIMA have a track record of close cooperation in research and this joint programme is fantastic evidence of research-led teaching delivered to an international audience. The world is witnessing India's growing emergence in the world economy, and LUBS is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges the new economic order creates through its dedicated India Business Centre"

The Indian Institute of Integrated Learning in Management, Delhi signed an agreement with Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds in June, 2006. Under this Agreement the students of Bachelor programme at IILM's IIHE (IILM Institute of Higher Education) Campus in Gurgaon can go for 2nd and 3rd year at Leeds University Business School.

The following programmes are covered under this Advance Entry Agreement

  • BA Management
  • BA Accounting and Management
  • BA Accounting and Finance
  • BA Human Resource Management

The Entry requirements for entry into the 2nd year at Leeds University Business School will

  • 70% in English in Class 12th
  • 70% in Mathematics in Class 10th
  • Achieving the academic requirements on IILM's First Year programme

The Advantages to the students will be

  • Study first year at IILM Institute of Higher Education, Gurgaon and save on one year of overseas fees
  • Transfer to Leeds University Business School for 2nd and 3rd year support by part scholarships
  • Apply for work placement year as part of the degree programme

For more information contact:
IILM Institute for Higher Education
69, Sector - 53, Gurgaon 122003
Tel: 0124-4559360/67

There are three broad initiatives on which the Nuffield Centre at the University of Leeds and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad have been collaborating

DFID/British Council - funded Higher Education link between NCIHD and IIM
The Indian Institute of Management and the Nuffield Centre were collaborating under a three-year DFID/British Council - funded Higher Education, "Developing health related teaching and research base in IIM, Ahmedabad, India" which ended in November 2006. The project objectives included establishing and maintaining a link between academic institutions in UK and India and exploring further opportunities for collaboration in the fields of research, teaching and consultancy.

The project had significant impact on deepening and consolidating the links between IIM and the University of Leeds. Examples of project achievements include: In the development of collaborative research - four proposals were developed, of which the following two are funded, and a number of joint publications are planned in the nearest future

  • A multi-partner EC funded research project focusing on health policy-making in India, Vietnam and China
  • A one-year University of Leeds funded research project on corruption and health which is currently being implemented by the University of Leeds (Nuffield Centre), Indian Institute of Management, Karolinska Institute and the NGO Karuna Trust in Karnataka state. In teaching and consultancy:
  • One IIM staff has taught on the Nuffield Centre's international health master's programme and other IIM staff are invited to do so in the future In capacity building
  • An international seminar "Strategic Issues and Challenges in Health Management" comprising 20 speakers and about 100 delegates was held in Ahmedabad in November 2005.
  • An IIM staff person is planning to undertake a PhD at the University of Leeds in health policy Following the visit of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds to IIM in 2006, discussions are currently underway for increased collaboration between the University of Leeds and the Indian Institute of Management on faculty and student exchanges
  • EC-funded research project focusing on health policies in India, Vietnam and China

The Nuffield Centre, University of Leeds is currently coordinating, and the Centre for Management of Health Services, of the Indian Institute of Management is a partner in an European Community - funded multi-partner research project entitled: Health Policy-making in Vietnam, India and China: key determinants and their interrelationships (HEPVIC). This is a three year project (November 2006 - October 2008) with the broad aim to enhance and promote the use of evidence and integrated approaches to health policy-making in low income countries, using maternal health as a case study of wider policy processes (project

Besides research-related outputs (e.g. country reports), the project focuses on capacity development and knowledge management. A number of researchers from the Indian Institute of Management are to visit the Nuffield Centre and other UK and European partners for short-term training and other capacity building. The potential for maintaining the collaboration including development of new project proposals between the University of Leeds and Indian Institute of Management and other partners is seen an integral part of capacity building within this project.

Joint mechanisms for knowledge management including publications in academic journals, production of specialised policy guides for national health policy- makers will be applied both in the University of Leeds and in the Indian Institute of Management.

University of Leeds - funded joint research on corruption and health The research project "Corruption in health: Causes, effects on reproductive health, and interventions" is a collaboration between Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, the NGO Karuna Trust in Bangalore, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and the University of Leeds. The collaboration wants to establish strong research links between the four partners, evaluate the existing anti-corruption initiative in Karnataka state, communicate the findings to policy makers, citizens and funding organizations and put this neglected topic on the international research and policy agenda. (Project website:

Health systems in many countries experience considerable corruption at all levels. This problem has been ignored both in terms of policy development and research. The costs are substantial, and have been estimated at as much as 40% of public expenditures. These costs are disproportionately borne by poorest people, who are dependent on public services.

The experience in Karnataka state provides a valuable example of a systematic anti-corruption intervention within the Indian health system, but it has not been evaluated or widely reported. It represents a unique opportunity for establishing long-term collaborative partnerships with Indian institutions and developing a new research focus within India. Important outputs will be a conference in 2007 organized by IIM where the findings of the evaluation in Karnataka state will be presented to national and international stakeholders and presentations at the European Congress on International Health in May 2007

The Institute for Materials Research ( at the University of Leeds is engaged in a collaborative science and engineering research with the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute in Kolkata India ( which impacts directly common person on the street. The research focuses on the removal and measurements of heavy-metal toxins in drinking water in the Eastern zone of India. The CGCRI has developed low-cost ceramic membrane technology for the removal of suspended and dissolved iron in drinking water, which has been further developed for the removal of arsenic in the groundwater. Arsenic poisoning in mammals is known to be causing skin lesion. The long-term effects of arsenic accumulation in liver, kidney, and blood cells are not known, nor there is any knowledge at what concentrations arsenic becomes a poison.

The Leeds Group aims to develop measurement systems for arsenic and other heavy-metals using the novel infrared fibre-optic sensing technique, which will be commissioned in-situ in the membrane for determining the efficacy of the arsenic-removing chemical reagents. The fibre optic tool will also be utilised for monitoring and disabling pathogens and heavy-metals using photo-catalytic process, and removing them from drinking water.

The project is supervised by Dr. Sibdas Bandopadhyay at the CGCRI and Prof. Animesh Jha at the University of Leeds. It is aimed that the technique can also be applied to treat wastewater, an area specialised at the Cranfield University in UK, who will use the fibre-optic and membrane technology for wastewater treatment. The Higher Education Link project is supported by the British Council's Science Programme for developing a large-size demonstration system.

The Memorandum of Understanding between University of Leeds and University of Madras is signed with the aim to exchange and collaboration. Both Institutions agree to consult regarding the possibilities of collaboration on joint research activities; joint conferences; join participation in seminars and academic meetings; exchange of administrative, teaching and research personnel, students and books and reference materials.

The following areas are covered under Memorandum of Understanding

  • English
  • Food Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business and Management
  • Nanotechnology
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