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Virginia Tech to set up 3 centres of excellence in TN

The Economic Times:  September, 2010

New Delhi: Virginia Tech University, one of the oldest in the United States, plans to set up three centres of excellence near Chennai. The varsity has already acquired land for this purpose.

Virginia Tech president Charles Steger announced the plan on Monday after his meeting with HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who is currently in the US.

Virginia Tech has found an Indian partner for these three centres -- Centre for Critical, Technical and Advanced Science, Virginia Bio Informatics Centre and Virginia Transport and Technical Institute -- that are likely to be operational within a year.

However, the prestigious university is yet to announce regular courses in India. So far, most of the American universities have shown interest only in leadership programmes and short-term courses. With Foreign Educational Institutions (regulation of entry and operation) Bill still with Parliament's Standing Committee, a clearer picture about foreign universities setting shop in India will emerge only after a law is in place.

Virginia Tech has also signed a memorandum of understanding with MARG Swarnabhoomi group. The institution will be called Virginia Tech MARG Swarnabhoomi, India, and it will be the varsity's first campus outside the US.

University officials said its new campus would create a place in India, where engineers, students and high-tech science professionals from both the countries, would work together and learn from each other.