After cooperation with various universities in Southeast Asia is carried out, the Rector of Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP), Prof. Ganefri is now starting to plan to collaborate with Indian universities. From Thursday to Saturday (November 22 to 24), Prof. Ganefri explores the opportunities for collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai.
The Rector visit to Chennai which is the economic base of the car, computer, technology, manufacturing and health industries was accompanied by the Vice-Rector IV, Prof. Syahrial Bakhtiar, the Head of International Office of UNP, Ananda Putra Ph.D., and the General Manager of IPC of Teluk Bayur, Armen Amir.
Chennai or Tamil Nadu is a state in southern India. The capital city is Chennai which is formerly called Madras. In the literature review, Chennai is the fourth largest metropolitan city in India. The area is around 174 km² and the population is around of 4,352,932 people in 2006.
At IITM Chennai-India, the Rector of UNP was facilitated by the Indonesian Ambassador to India. IITM recognized as the university which was founded in 1959 and as one of the foremost higher education institutions that focuses on technology education, basic and applied research in Chennai of India. Study programs offered include fields of study such as Applied Mechanics; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mathematics; Ocean Engineering; and Physics. IIT Madras is a residential institution that has more than 8000 students. It is an independent campus that stood on a beautiful land of 250 hectares of forest.
After visiting IITM in Chennai City of India on Thursday (November 22), the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri was also given the opportunity to introduce and to promote UNP in front of Indonesia-India Business Forum in India which was attended by more than 100 Indian businessmen in Rentree Hotel, Chennai, after accompanying the Mayor of Padang and the Government Team (including UNP and IPC of Teluk Bayur). (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by: Shilva Lioni)