India-Israel Academic and Research Cooperation Education

India-Israel Academic and Research Cooperation

India-Israel Academic & Research Cooperation

As two knowledge-based economies, India and Israel have natural synergies in the field of education. While India offers its large and skilled student pool, Israel offers world-class research facilities coupled with excellent technology transfer capabilities. A strong academic collaboration programme can be the basis for a 21st century bilateral relationship based on science, research and innovation.

Efforts to promote academic exchanges can be broadly categorized into (i) promoting India studies as a discipline at various universities in Israel and (ii) promoting academic linkages through joint research programmes, scholarships, student recruitment or faculty/student exchange programmes.

India Studies in Israel

There is considerable interest among Israeli students in India studies and currently, courses on India studies are offered in Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University and Haifa University. Most of these courses are focused on ancient India and its various aspects like religion, philosophy etc and being taught by Israeli Indologists. In addition, Ben Gurion University deals with contemporary Indian politics and economy as part of its curricula in its department of Politics and Government, while Tel Aviv University's Recanati Business School offers its management students exposure to Indian business and economy. There have been ICCR Short Chairs at Tel Aviv & Haifa Universities in the recent past for short courses on Indian history, culture and philosophy.

In keeping with the initiative of Government of India in establishing ‘India Corners: Bharat Ek Parichay-Sharing Knowledge with the World’ at educational institutions abroad, the Embassy has provided books and quality resource material to create ‘India Corners’ at Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, Bar Ilan University & Hebrew University.

The Embassy runs free Hindi classes from time to time which is popular with Israelis interested in the language.

Academic & Research Linkages

Currently, there are around 550 Indian students studying in Israel across different universities and institutes. A majority of these students are pursuing post-doctoral and doctoral studies.

Israeli universities are keen to collaborate with Indian institutes and Universities and there are several academic agreements between universities.

In recent years, Government of India has launched several initiatives to enhance linkages between researchers and institutions which has led to strengthening of academic cooperation with Israel:

SPARC: Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration run by Ministry of Human Resources Development; aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian institutions and the best institutions from 28 nations (including Israel). Link for its brochure is https://www.indembassyisrael.gov.in/pdf/index/SPARC_eBrochure_nov2_2018.pdf. Currently, there are six joint projects, with Indian and Israeli institutions, receiving funding under the programme.

VAJRA: Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty; the programme by Science & Engineering Research Board of India offers an opportunity for Israeli scientists to be associated as adjunct /visiting faculty with high quality Public funded Indian Institutions / Universities to undertake collaborative research. The link for VAJRA is https://www.indembassyisrael.gov.in/pdf/VAJRA%20Brochure.pdf

UGC-ISF Fund: India and Israel launched a new funding programme for joint academic research and development in May 2013, with University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) as nodal organisations administering the fund. Each government is contributing USD 12.5 million over a period of 5 academic years starting from 2014-15. The programme provides support of up to USD 300,000 for an experimental project and USD 180,000 for a theoretical project for up to three years. 41 projects in areas ranging from humanities, life sciences, social sciences etc. have received funding under the programme so far. Both sides are currently engaged in discussions for continuation of the funding programme beyond 2019-20.

For more details, please write to Shri Rohit Mishra, First Secretary(Political & Education) on his email id: fs.telaviv@mea.gov.in