Canada’s University of Toronto President, Meric Gertler, boosted academic ties with India on his first ever visit, from January 27 to 31. While in India, Dr. Gertler co-hosted a workshop on “Universities in Urbanization: Building Healthy, Sustainable & Innovative Cities” with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay). He also met with Minister of Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, spoke at a conference on cities and urbanization hosted by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and visited the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR). Following the advice of Indian students at the University, Dr. Gertler also took the time to enjoy the food and the culture of India.
Mrs. Neelkamal Darbari, Joint Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, accompanied by Mr. S. Ilangovan, Chief Manager (Technical), Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), and Mr. Manoj Mehta, Deputy Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), visited Toronto during December 9-15, 2012. The main purpose of the visit was to review the research work undertaken by the CoE- GREET (Centre of Excellence -Green Transportation Network) PhD scholars at University of Toronto. CIPET and University of Toronto, both, are in the process of implementing the joint research and innovation agenda under the CoE-GREET programme. CIPET has signed an MOU with U of T for transferring knowledge-based skills in the areas of Bioplastics and Biodegradable composites.
The delegation had meetings with Ms. Wendy Tilford, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Deans of Faculty of Engineering and Chemistry, Prof Mohini Sain, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Forestry, and Director, Centre for Biocomposites & Biomaterials Processing, University of Toronto, President of Canadian Plastic Industry Association, President of Ontario BioAuto Council and had interaction with PhD scholars from CIPET. Visits to Windsor Ford Power Train Research Centre, Magna NRC (National Research Council) facility, Woodbridge Foam factory and Greencore Composites facility were also undertaken. The delegation availed this opportunity to discuss the potential partnerships in areas of new technologies and potential areas of cooperation and investment opportunities in chemical sector in India. The 2nd International Exhibition on Plastics and Petrochemicals – Poly India 2013 – was also promoted in various interactions and invitation was extended to stakeholders for participation in this exhibition.