Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar has signed an MoU with Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) of Gujarat to provide an international exposure for the students of the former institute. The MoU will enable PDPU to send five students every year from its School of Liberal Studies to Canada to work in Indo Canadian companies for one month.
The students will work in companies from several industries like renewable energy, water and clean technology, food processing, infrastructure, automotive, education, oil and gas, biotech, tourism and ICT. “The students will work in areas of marketing research, production process changes, access to finance, HR & organizational issues. They will also do research on issues related to Indo Canadian trade like why are Indian companies slow in investing in oil sands in Canada as compared to Chinese companies, how to take the US$ 5 billion trade between India and Canada to US$ 15 billion by 2015, provincial mapping of clusters between India and Canadian provinces etc,” said Jagat Shah, chairman of ICBC.
PDPU hosted an Indo Canada round-table on energy, entrepreneurship and education. The conference was presided by Indira Vasanti Samarasekera, president, University of Alberta, Canada; Jayanthi Ravi, commissioner of higher education, government of Gujarat and P K Banik, director general, PDPU.
PDPU and University of Alberta, Canada signed an MoU under which facilities like international exposure programs, undergraduate internships, opportunities for higher education, joint research activities and seminars would be provided for the students.