SPPU, Melbourne varsity join hands to form academy

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 4 April 2019

The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has signed a Letter of Intent with University of Melbourne (UoM) to form a SPPU-UoM academy for teaching and research. 

Pune: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has signed a Letter of Intent with University of Melbourne (UoM) to form a SPPU-UoM academy for teaching and research. 

Students and faculty exchange programme and joint research projects will be undertaken in this academy. University officials have stated that it will help to strengthen research and innovation and give exposure to faculty and research students.

The BSc (Blended) programme, which was declared by SPPU Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar in January, will be offered in collaboration with University of Melbourne. It will be the first undergraduate course to be introduced in the university.

It was signed in presence of Karmalkar, Avinash Kumbhar,  Suresh Gosavi and BSM Rao from SPPU and representatives of UoM, Andrew Drinan, Alex Johnson and Jessica Piesse.

The BSc (Blended) programme will train students in the four basic sciences namely biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. The SPPU had introduced BSc (Blended) in Environmental Sciences last year. From this year the specialisation will be expanded in chemistry, geology and geosciences. 

“This academy will be only of this kind for any public university in the state. It will also help in giving to research students as well as help in publication and filing patents. Also the BSc (blended) programme in association with UoM will strengthen science education at the undergraduate level. This project will help in attracting a talented pool of students to go for higher studies at Masters and PhD levels,” read the official university statement.

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