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At a ceremony this morning in Delhi, Mitacs CEO Arvind Gupta and Additional Secretary Amita Sharma, representing the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on research exchanges to increase student mobility between Canada and India.
“This LOI represents the start of a long and fruitful collaboration which will see exceptional students travelling between our two countries to promote research, share perspectives and build joint R&D capacity,” said Dr. Gupta. “We thank the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi for their strong support of this initiative.”
Launched in 2008, the Mitacs Globalink program has brought top international undergraduate students to Canada for summer research internships. In the first six years of the program, over 800 students have come to Canada. On January 15, 2014, the Government of Canada announced $13 million in funding for Mitacs in its International Education Strategy, enabling Mitacs to launch new initiatives to provide research and training opportunities for Canadian students in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam.