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Tufts Strengthens Ties With India

Tufts Strengthens Ties With IndiaTufts President Lawrence S. Bacow and Provost Jamshed Bharucha were among a group of University officials, trustees, international board members, faculty, staff and alumni who traveled to India to develop new partnerships with the country and honor Tufts graduates abroad.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.21.05] Led by Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow and Provost Jamshed Bharucha, a delegation of key faculty, staff, trustees and international board members traveled to Mumbai and New Delhi this month to meet with international leaders, public officials, academics and acclaimed entertainers in an effort to bolster the University’s relationship with one of its highly valued global partners: India.

“India is strategically important to the University and home to a large number of Tufts students, alumni and faculty,” Bharucha and Bruce Male, chair of the International Board of Overseers, wrote in a letter describing the objectives of the international meetings. “The University hopes to increase the number of students coming from India as well as strengthen relationships with our alumni and with important Indian institutions.”

As part of that effort and “to augment its reputation as a world class academic institution,” Tufts sponsored “special information seminars, lectures and dinners during [its] visit,” reported India Infoline News.

Over five days, Tufts hosted a meeting of the heads of Mumbai’s premier colleges and universities to discuss opportunities for collaboration and held panels on “The Future of the Pharmaceutical Industry in India,” “Human Security and the Role of Water,” and “The Role of India in the World.”

The panels brought together leaders in international industry, government and education and “academicians with highly illustrious academic record[s]” from Tufts, according to India Infoline News.

PatelThe University also organized a presentation on the “Development and Impact of Indian Film,” which featured Bollywood star Amisha Patel, who drew a huge press contingent. Bacow presented Patel, who was graduated from Tufts in 1997 with an economics degree, with the prestigious P.T. Barnum Award for Excellence in Entertainment, an honor bestowed upon only three other alumni--actor Peter Gallagher, A77, film producer and CEO of Walden Media Cary Granat, A90, and film producer and Vice President of Warner Brothers Films Courtenay Valenti, J85.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor, a three-time graduate of The Fletcher School, also attended the presentation. He received the Fletcher School Dean’s Medal, while India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was awarded the President’s Medal, described by The Times of India as “one of [Tufts’] rare honors in recognition of the collaboration between its faculty and the Indian people.”

The University further strengthened its relationship with India by signing agreements with a local hospital and two dental institutions for collaborative ventures with the Tufts University School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine.

That type of collaboration, according to Bharucha and Male, is what Tufts’ trip to India was designed to enhance.

“Now is the time to advance the presence and reputation of Tufts in India, to build on our strong alumni base, and to strengthen ties and enrich understanding between our two countries and peoples,” the pair wrote in their letter to the Tufts delegation.












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