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Nov. 11: Shiv Nadar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon University Announce a Landmark Partnership for Scholars in Undergraduate Engineering

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Shiv Nadar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon University Announce a
Landmark Partnership for Scholars in Undergraduate Engineering

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, AND NEW DELHI, INDIA—Solidifying their strategic partnership, the Shiv Nadar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon Shiv NadarUniversity today announced their intent to make Carnegie Mellon's world-class undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering more available to Indian students.

Under this landmark partnership, the first undergraduates will begin their studies in June 2011. Students will study in India at SSN following a curriculum designed by Carnegie Mellon and taught by SSN faculty trained at Carnegie Mellon. They also will study at Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Admission and academic processes will have the same rigorous standards that are Carnegie Mellon hallmarks. Once completed with their studies, students will receive Carnegie Mellon degrees.

The Shiv Nadar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon have an existing partnership in providing graduate-level education through a successful Advanced Software Engineering program, in which students take courses at the SSN campus in Chennai and at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus.

Speaking on this occasion, Chairman of the Shiv Nadar Foundation and Founder of HCL Shiv Nadar stated, "Global education has always been the big dream for Indian students, particularly so over the last two decades. Each year, more than 40,000 Indian students head overseas in search of global exposure and educational opportunity. This alliance with Carnegie Mellon University will now offer Indian students the chance to access the education architecture of a highly-renowned, world-class institution right here in India." Shiv Nadar added, "We believe that this partnership will be transformational for engineering education. It is fitting therefore, that an institution as revered as CMU, ranked eighth in the world for engineering, has joined the Shiv Nadar Foundation to create this unique program."

Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University, said, "India's engineers constitute a large proportion of key scientific and research establishments worldwide. This new alliance enables Carnegie Mellon University and the Shiv Nadar Foundation a chance to offer India's students a distinctive edge and international recognition. We believe that this landmark partnership will establish a new way of delivering engineering education to Indian students."

The announcement of this partnership follows upon the efforts by India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama to encourage stronger collaboration between higher education institutions in India and the United States, including a higher education summit next year.


Pictured above, Amit Varma, adviser of the Shiv Nadar Foundation; Nikhil Sinha, director of HCL Infosystems and senior adviser; and Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering; watch Jared Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon, sign an agreement announcing the partnership between the Shiv Nadar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon.