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Posted November 9, 2009
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Bi-Lateral Education

Canada India Foundation and Waterloo sign multi-million-dollar endowment MOU

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo and the Canada India Foundation (CIF) announced yesterday a first-of-its-kind joint initiative for the advancement of Canada's research capacity in studying the politics, economy and social conditions of contemporary India and bi-lateral relationship of both countries through a planned establishment of a $10-million endowment.

In a memorandum of understanding with Waterloo, CIF will contribute up to $2 million to launch the India initiative, formally named Chanchlani India Policy Consortium, under the CIF banner. The CIF contribution will help establish a $10-million endowment, with donations to be raised from government and other private sources.
"We are extremely proud of our new partnership with Canada India Foundation and through this joint initiative, we hope to produce leading research that will strengthen our understanding of India, its politics, economy and culture," said Waterloo president David Johnston.

The money will fund endowed CIF Chairs for Waterloo faculty members, Visiting Chairs for India scholars, CIF Fellows, graduate student fellowships, public lectures, conferences and engagement with researchers and faculty at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

"The overarching objective is to support the formulation of public policy favourable to stronger and mutually beneficial bilateral relations, a function that no public or private institution has undertaken to date with such resource commitment and focus," said Aditya Jha, CIF national convener. "CIF and University of Waterloo will work with the Government of India and private Indian donors to set-up a similar research centre in India."

"The University of Waterloo's partnership with the Canada India Foundation lays the groundwork for a new era for Canada-India initiative with active participation of the civil society through CIF," said Ken Coates, dean of arts at Waterloo. "CIF's partnership and investment will greatly expand Canadian understanding of India realities and to support public policy research and advocacy on the Canada-India relationship and mutually beneficial engagement. Waterloo is truly honoured to be part of the comprehensive effort to improve Canada's connections to India."

"I am pleased to be the seed contributor with additional $1 million funding to CIF for this excellent research initiative, which will add tremendous intellectual bandwidth to Canada India Foundation's public policy advocacy objectives in helping the mutual interests of Canada and India," said Vasdev Chanchlani, CIF founding member and co-founder of the Sigma Group of companies.

Ramesh Chotai, chair of Canada India Foundation, said: "Since its formation, CIF has been dedicated to cultivating support for stronger bi-lateral relations. In the University of Waterloo, we have a credible and established partner that will channel our combined research efforts to support CIF's advocacy functions for mutual benefits of both Canada and India."

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