The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Cambridge University, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz is on his second visit to India these days. Borysiewicz is here with a view to strength its partnership with India, particularly in the areas of drug discovery and disease management.
In an interview with PTI, he says, “Partnerships are the key to Cambridge remaining a successful university.” On being asked whether he is looking forward to some specific partnerships with India, he says, “We are particularly in discussions (with Indian entities) in the area of drug discovery... in cancer and in the area of infectious diseases. The university is also in discussions in the area of disease management...."
Cambridge University is one of the oldest and most reputed institutions of the world. Also, some very prestigious Indian personalities like Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen are the pass outs of Cambridge University.
At present, there are about 270 ongoing projects between India and Cambridge University. Borysiewicz, the 345th VC of Cambridge, says, “India has the very best in the world... The purpose behind the visit is to start establishing long-term partnerships."
Borysiewicz believes that some problems like food security and better management of chronic diseases are shared by both India and UK. “So, finding shared solutions is going to be important, but the project model can't give them the time that it takes to develop it... By establishing partnerships, which I am really interested in doing, we try to work together to find solutions," said Borysiewicz.
To strengthen the ties between Cambridge and India, there are two groups -- the Cambridge-India Partnership Advisory Group (CIPAG) and the Cambridge-India Partnership Operational Group (CIPOG).
According to the University’s website, there are about 1,000 alumni of Cambridge University in India which operate in six cities, namely, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.