Indian, Norwegian researchers to urge UGC on interdisciplinary energy education


1448364707752Experts working under an Indo-Norwegian collaborative programme said on Tuesday that they will approach India’s University Grants Commission to take a “serious look” into launching interdisciplinary sustainable energy education in the country.

Experts from Jadavpur University and the University of Stavanger, Norway, under the Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Program (INCP), on Tuesday participated in a discussion on ‘Sustainable Energy: General Basics and Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning’ to distill out the requirements of a comprehensive and collaborative energy education initiative.

“Our objective is to submit a document of the discussion to the UGC highlighting the requirement of comprehensive education in sustainable energy,” Sudipta De, professor, department of mechanical engineering and core committee member of Global Change Programme (GCP), Jadavpur University, told IANS.

The discussion was organised by the GCP and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mohsen Assadi, faculty of Science and Technology University of Stavanger, said the current educational collaboration is about the decarbonisation roadmap of India, and the programme is sponsored by UGC and the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

“… and we are looking at a multidisciplinary approach including people from fields of political science, social sciences and all engineering and scientific backgrounds, in the future. We are looking forward to student exchanges, lectures by Norwegian researchers in India and lectures by Indian experts in Norway,” Assadi told IANS.

He said there would be a meeting in New Delhi between Indian and Norwegian researchers in June to evaluate the projects and the programme.

“We have been asked to join via Skype and present the planned activities such as a proposed interdisciplinary energy education initiative between Jadavpur University and our varsity,” said Assadi, also the managing director of Center for Sustainable Energy Solutions (cenSE), Norway .


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