Message from the Director
Dear alumni, partners and friends of the India Gateway,

I am pleased to say that the India Gateway continues to exceed every aspect of our core mission - increasing faculty engagement, student mobility and alumni and corporate partnerships. We continue to address the issues of our time, ranging from materials for sustainability to capacity-building in healthcare and wellness. The India Gateway also continues to invest in the development and advancement of collaboration between Ohio State and India through these key partnerships:
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme and IIT-Bombay Partnership led by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and College of Engineering
  • H3C: Health Sciences Innovation Conference and AIIMS Partnership led by the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Based Therapies (CRMCBT)
  • International Corporate Partnership established with IL&FS Skills led by College of Nursing
  • Expanded engagement with Fisher College of Business
  • Passport to India in partnership with U.S. Department of State led by Global Gateways
These engagements have had an impact that would not have been possible without our dedicated team at the India Gateway, faculty, alumni and partners on campus and in India. With continued commitment, support and active leadership on and off-campus, we look forward to continuing to advance Ohio State's international dimension through mutually beneficial partnerships with India.

Go Bucks!

Fisher College of Business dean travels to India
Anil K. Makhija, dean of Ohio State's Fisher College of Business traveled to India to discuss possible future collaborations with representatives from the India Institute of Technology - Bombay's Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management. Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director of the India Gateway, joined Dean Makhija in India for the meeting. Among the topics examined were internship opportunities for Ohio State students in India and the possibility of a joint center of operational excellence.

Visit Fisher's Office of Global Business for more information on international programs within the Fisher College of Business.
Ohio State further develops partnership with Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
An Ohio State delegation traveled to India in March 2016 to further its strategic partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay).

David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, and Steven Ringel, executive director of the Institute for Materials Research, met with faculty and leaders from IIT-Bombay to discuss current projects and additional ways in which to collaborate. The day-long visit resulted in visiting faculty and student programs and seed grant funding opportunities to support the global research partnership that will be announced later this year. The partnership formally began in January 2015 when the two universities signed a memorandum of understanding to establish joint research projects and programs in materials science fields.

The collaboration between Ohio State and IIT-Bombay will focus on three research areas that will be expanded over time: 1) materials and photovoltaics, 2) bio-engineering, and 3) data analytics. This initiative also connects to and fosters the development of Ohio State's Discovery Theme that focuses on "Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability." Discussions also included future collaboration with the Fisher College of Business and Global Water Initiative.

While in India, the delegation also met with government officials from the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consulate and the U.S. Agency for International Development and the US-India Educational Foundation and several companies to solidify partnerships and further develop the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability global programs. Williams, Ringel, Bob Mahlman, Ratnesh Bhattacharya and Ardeshir Contractor also participated in the seminar "Emerging Trends in Solar Technologies" organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Ohio State's India Gateway.

The partnership supports Ohio State's strategic goal of internationalization through collaborative partnerships with esteemed Indian universities for mutual benefit, allowing Ohio State to become a truly global institution.

To learn more about the full delegation, or the Institute for Materials Research, please visit their website.
Reception for India health innovation partnership and outreach
The India Gateway and Destination Medicine team at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James) hosted a dinner reception on March 24, 2016. The reception brought together faculty from the health sector, including those interested in working in India.
The reception began with welcome remarks from Ronnie Campo and Padmini Ekbote, director and program manager from Destination Medicine. Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director of the India Gateway, shared the work that Ohio State is doing in India and Chandan Sen, director of Ohio State's Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies, discussed his work in health innovation in India through research partnerships in regenerative medicine with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Attendees also heard from Tim Raderstorf, chief innovation officer in the College of Nursing, about a global health partnership in health workforce development, and Raj Mathusamy, professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology, about translational cancer research with Avinashilingam University for Women. 
Ohio State advances participation in Skill India Initiative
An Ohio State delegation consisting of Bob Mahlman and Traci Lepicki, director and associate director of  the Center for Education and Training for Employment, David Willams, dean of the College of Engineering, Steve Ringel, director of the Institute for Materials Research and Ratnesh Bhattacharya, and Priya Kurle, director and academic manager of the India Gateway, traveled to Delhi to advance a partnership with IL&FS Skills Development Corporation, India's largest training company. Plans to co-develop a skills development curriculum in small and medium enterprise entrepreneurship to address the challenge of job creation in India were examined. The partnership is expected to involve a student internship program in global health for 12 graduate nursing students.

The delegation also met with Rakesh Agrawal, joint secretary of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to discuss broader interdisciplinary engagement in partnership with the government of India for multi-sectoral impact. and expansion of the current partnership.
International Conference on Nanotechnology and STEM-ER
The Ohio State University partnered with Aligarh Muslim University for an International Conference on Nanotechnology and STEM-ER from March 12-15. The purpose of the conference was to explore nanotechnology for food, agriculture, water purification and healthcare. The event was part of the pilot program for capacity building in STEM education and research at India universities in collaboration with universities in the United States.

"This conference is the first of its kind in India under the Indo-U.S. collaboration," said Anil Pradhan, professor in Ohio State's Department of Astronomy and co-director at Aligarh Muslim University.

Over 200 delegates, including 30 speakers from various parts of India, attended the conference. William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, was noted as chief guest at the conference by Aligarh Muslim University.

"The Ohio State and Aligarh Muslim University collaboration hopes to take this idea to other universities and countries, as the need of STEM educators is paramount," said Brustein.

Ohio State was awarded the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative grant to assist with the launch of the pilot program with Aligarh Muslim University. Read more about the program at
U.S. Ambassador hosts reception for Passport to India initiative
The U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, hosted a mid-February reception in New Delhi for the Passport to India initiative. The initiative, led by Chris Carey, Ohio State Global Gateways director, and Nick Booker, co-founder at IndoGenius, seeks to increase the number and diversity of American college and university students studying abroad and interning in India by 2020.

Ohio State was chosen as the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to serve as the lead administrator of the national Passport to India initiative. An online course was developed by Ohio State and IndoGenius to help educate students about the importance of India. The massive open online course (MOOC) aims to garner wider interest among U.S. students for study, startup businesses and internship opportunities in India.
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay partnership reception
Leadership and representatives from the India Gateway, Fisher College of Business, Institute for Materials Research  and the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay joined other Ohio State faculty and staff on campus in late March 2016 to discuss progress made with IIT-Bombay collaborations and to brainstorm other future joint projects, student exchanges and workshops between Ohio State and colleagues in India. Anil Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business, Steve Ringel, director of the Institute for Materials Research, Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director of the India Gateway and Ardeshir Contractor, CEO of Kiran Energy and Executive-in-Residence and an alumnus of both institutions, presented remarks at the event. 
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