Ohio State India Gateway News  
Greetings from India Gateway director

Dear Ohio State alumni and friends of the India Gateway,

Many exciting activities have taken place in the recent months for the India Gateway. We are proud to say that through the work of many, the India Gateway has continued to capitalize on the strengths of Ohio State's growing global connections and has advanced the university's teaching, research and engagement mission. I would like to share with you just a few of the immense impacts directly related to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students and alumni:

  • India Gateway faculty engagement has nearly doubled
  • Ohio State students studying abroad in India has increased over 15%
  • Undergraduate student applications from India have increased 70%

We hope you take a look at the stories and links below to learn more about these influential collaborations that are truly making a global impact. I can say with certainty that much of it would not be possible without your active contributions. We are truly fortunate to have such committed alumni around the world and India is no exception.

I wish you all a great spring and Go Bucks! 


Ratnesh Bhattacharya

Ohio State's Health Sciences Innovation Conference held in Mumbai 


Ohio State welcomed more than

300 attendees to its first Health Sciences Innovation Conference held in Mumbai, India from January 15 - 18. Ohio State collaborated with the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the country's top public health care and research institution, to plan the meetings which focused on India's rapidly growing biotech and health sciences industry but also broadened its direction to incorporate health care, commerce and career dimensions.


Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, M.D. traveled to Mumbai to deliver welcome remarks at the conference. Many of India's high ranking officials attended the conference as well including J.P. Nadda, the Minister of Public Health, Mahesh Misra, director of the AIIMS as well as India's minister of health, the mayor of Mumbai and the highest-ranking U.S. government official in Mumbai, Consulate-General Thomas Vajda. The keynote address was delivered by Nobel Laureate Professor Luc Montagnier, one of the individuals credited with discovering the HIV virus.


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Ohio State partners with Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay     
An Ohio State delegation traveled to India this past January to formalize a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay).

Included in the delegation were President Michael V. Drake, M.D. and executive director of the Institute for Materials Research, Steven Ringel. The signing of this memorandum of understanding paves the way for Ringel to move forward with the motivations of the strategic partnership.


The collaboration between Ohio State and IIT-Bombay will focus on three research areas that can be expanded over time: 1) materials and photovoltaics, 2) bio-engineering, and 3) data analytics. This initiative also connects to and fosters the development of Ohio State's Discovery Theme that focuses on "Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability."


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College of Nursing researchers work with Mumbai hospital to study cervical cancer


Six researchers from the Ohio State College of Nursing have teamed up with professionals in the Department of Preventive Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai to improve Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer screening for women in India. The collaboration was facilitated by Priya Kurle, staff member of Ohio State's India Gateway - which serves as a catalyst to increase partnerships with international institutions and Ohio-based businesses abroad.

Tata Memorial Hospital's Department of Preventive Oncology conducts cancer control outreach in urban, semi-urban and rural settings and has implemented a cancer-screening program that allows women to be screened and treated in one visit. The Ohio State team of researchers, led by Usha Menon, centennial professor in the College of Nursing and director of community engagement for the Center for Clinical Translational Sciences, will pilot the addition of HPV testing to this cancer-screening program.


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CFAES delegation visits Punjab Agricultural University in India  
Several representatives from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences traveled to India in March to visit Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Mark Erbaugh, director of International Programs in Agriculture and David Hansen, Ohio State's program coordinator for the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), along with Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director of the India Gateway, were joined by a communications specialist from iAGRI and two training coordinators for iAGRI who are also professors at the Sokoine University of Agriculture.

While at PAU, the delegation met with six iAGRI students and their academic advisors. They also met with Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice chancellor of PAU, to discuss future collaborations with iAGRI and the implementation of the Ohio State memorandum of understanding with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Additionally, the delegation attended the university's Kisan Mela, a regional farmer fair, where they had the chance to interact with colleagues and friends from PAU while attending various demonstrations.


For more information on this collaborative partnership, visit cfaes.osu.edu.  

RIYA Award for Distinguished Young Scholars now accepting applications 

Ohio State's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is now accepting applications for the Research Internship for Young Academics (RIYA) Award. The award program seeks undergraduate students from top Indian institutes with exceptional research aptitude who have completed three years in a recognized mechanical engineering curricula or related discipline.


Successful candidates will work closely with renowned faculty from the department as well as a world-class research team for 10 weeks. Each candidate will receive $5,000 including a nominal stipend, housing subsidy and international travel allowance. Faculty mentors will receive a $500 honorarium and those who regularly participate in the program are eligible for a travel grant to visit The Ohio State University.

The program aims to provide students with a rewarding learning experience that will strengthen his or her knowledge, leadership and research skills and gain an understanding of graduate degree programs that will lead to a successful research career in an academic or industrial setting. View the call for applications to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Ohio State students to study abroad in India 
Over 80 Ohio State students will travel to India during May session and summer 2015 as part of an Ohio State-Sponsored study abroad program. Five different study abroad programs will take place in India during this time:

India remains one of the top ten study abroad destinations for Ohio State students - with 15% more students traveling to India in 2013-2014 than in the previous academic year. To learn more about Ohio State study abroad program offerings, visit the study abroad search tool.

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Spring 2015
Greetings from director
Ohio State's Health Sciences Innovation Conference held in Mumbai
Ohio State partners with Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay
College of Nursing researchers work with Mumbai hospital to combat cervical cancer in India
CFAES delegation visits Punjab Agricultural University in India
RIYA Award for Distinguished Young Scholars now accepting applications
Ohio State students to study abroad in India

China Gateway 

Meeting with alumni
The Ohio State China Gateway has represented Ohio State in Shanghai since June 2010. Ohio State's first office in another country, the China Gateway enhances the university's global reach and advances its teaching, research and engagement mission. 

Brazil Gateway 

O-H-I-O in Brazil
The Ohio State Brazil Gateway opened on September 13, 2014. The Brazil Gateway will serve as a catalyst to enhance global opportunities for Ohio State students and faculty.  

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