"What are the
uniform and orderly movements by the assumption of which the apparent
movements of the planets can be accounted for?"
-Plato (428 - 348 B.C.)
Between Pune University and Indian Institute of technology, Bombay. It is
widely acknowledged that IIT Bombay and University of Pune are institutions
of excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences.
A vision shared both by Professor Ashok Misra, Director of IIT Bombay and
Professor Ashok Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor of Pune University, was the motive
force behind the idea of this MoU. Simply put it is this that if these two
institutions come together complementing their strength in the form of
expertise, resources, infrastructure, they together would be able to make a
much stronger impact on the national scene by way of their contribution to
the academic fields mentioned earlier and take research, development and
teaching activities in these areas to greater heights.
Based on this vision, the two institutions agreed to encourage collaboration
and execute a Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by Prof. Misra
and Prof Kolaskar in a simple ceremony held in the Conference Room, Main
Building on April 17, 2003. The MoU allows interested faculty of either
institution initiating joint research projects in any mutually agreeable
field of Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Social sciences.