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UofT welcomes Indian students for research internships

June 7, 2010

TORONTO, ON — The University of Toronto is hosting 22 of the sharpest young scientific minds from India this summer and introducing them to leading Canadian researchers and their laboratories, ideally enticing them to pursue future graduate studies and opportunities to work in Canada. 

Through the MITACS Globalink program, the students will be hosted on campus for a three-month research internship. While working at the University they will be introduced to the most current knowledge in science and  the leading-edge of advanced innovations in Canadian universities and industry.   

“Every year, tens of thousands of future entrepreneurs and scientists from India travel abroad to countries like the U.S. or U.K. for graduate studies,” said Arvind Gupta, Scientific Director of MITACS, “Our message to international students is that Canada has world-class universities that provide superior education and innovative collaborative research opportunities and companies interested in helping them to commercialize their ideas into the products of tomorrow.” 

Funding for the Globalink program in Ontario was announced today by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Hon. John Milloy. 

“In an increasingly global economy, it is vital that Ontario provides its students with learning opportunities abroad while opening our doors to the world as a destination of choice for postsecondary education,” said Minister John Milloy, Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities  who announced the funding for Globalink today. “Through programs like this, we can strengthen our global ties and attract and keep more foreign students in Ontario.” 

Ashwin Raghavan, a 21-year-old mechanical and industrial engineering student from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, said he was “thrilled” when he found out he was selected to study at the University of Toronto.  “The research here is really impressive and the professors are so involved with their students,” he says. “I will certainly apply here for my graduate studies.” 

The Globalink program is run by the national research network MITACS, which connects university-based researchers with industry through collaborative research and provides unique training opportunities for graduate students. Through Globalink, MITACS aims to profile the global leadership role that Canadian universities play in scientific research and to facilitate the recruitment of the brightest and boldest international students. The program will also promote Canadian graduate studies and create lifelong Indian-Canadian friendships and networks. 

“The University of Toronto is increasingly an international destination of choice for students around the world,” says UofT President David Naylor. “One of our priorities is to recruit future innovators for our graduate schools, and like the University of Toronto, the Indian Institutes of Technology are known for having some of the smartest innovators. We are thrilled that through the M ITACS program, we are able to play a role in hosting these students and fostering a strong academic relationship with India.” 

Priyadarshini Kumari says she will definitely apply for graduate studies at the University when she finishes her undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur. “The research is more advanced here and the professors really take an interest in your work,” says Kumari. The Globalink program also provided Kumari, 20, with her first opportunity to travel outside of India and she is really enjoying both the University and the City of Toronto.  ‘It is such a diverse, safe and fun place to be” she said. 

Another Globalink student at UofT, Ashish Bajpai, took his first flight on an airplane when he travelled to Toronto for his research internship. Bajpai is studying robotics and mechatronics at IIT Kanpur and will focus his research here on socially-assistive robots that may one day provide support in nursing homes. 

Bajpai is enjoying his experience in Canada and says he hopes to return to Toronto to pursue his Ph.D. “It is a very good working environment here and I really like the professors,” he says. “It’s not like talking to a professor; it’s like you’re talking to a friend.” 

The Globalink program runs in from May to July and is accommodating 47 Indian students in Ontario. Over 700 Indian students applied to the program. The University of Toronto, with its 22 students, is hosting the largest contingent at any one school.

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For more information:

Michael Kennedy
UofT Media Relations
m.kennedy@utoronto.ca
416-946-5025