Canada will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India on the 24th January to promote research and understanding about the emerging South Asian giant. As per the deal, the Ottawa-based Carleton University will have an India Chair at its Canada-India Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy. After launching its Canada-India Centre in February last year, Carleton will now also become the first Canadian university to have a full-fledged India Chair. A unique institution in itself, the Canada-India Centre of Excellence promotes bilateral studies and public diplomacy and develops initiatives to build a better understanding between the two countries. “The Indian high commissioner is signing a MoU with the University for an India Chair to serve as a platform for public policy on India outside the confines of governments. The Chair will be the platform to discuss and promote understanding and cooperation between the public and private institutions of the two countries,” an Indian diplomatic source told the sources. The government of India will contribute to the creation of the Chair.