Greg Giokas, Consul General of Canada to Bengaluru said he was happy to share that Canada was host to a large Indian diaspora.
A surprising moment for Canada and India was witnessed by all at the signing of the MoU between the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and the MYRA School of Business, Mysuru, which was held recently at the campus.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Greg Giokas, Consul General of Canada to Bengaluru and a host of other dignitaries and invitees. Dr Carolyn Watters, Provost and Vice President, Academic, Dalhousie University who flew down specially for the occasion to formalise this relationship and Dr Shrijay Urs, Executive Director, MYRA exchanged the MoU.
The MoU formally established a relationship and set a framework for collaborative studies between the two institutions to facilitate broadest academic relations. It laid out a common platform for collaborating on Data Analytics, faculty and student exchange programs, collaborative research, exchange of scientific and information materials and other associated work towards enriching mutual academic interests of the two institutions.
Greg Giokas in his address said that this was indeed a surprising moment for him as Canada and India enjoy a special friendship, underpinned by a vibrant Indo-Canadian community, which continues to make tremendous contributions to the educational fabric of the two nations.
“Education is a key area of mutual interest and collaboration between India and Canada and the two countries have already established policies to encourage student and faculty exchange, research and curriculum development, organization of workshop and seminars, twining between institutions of higher learning, and facilitates mutual recognition of educational qualifications, among others, and today’s event of the signing of the MOU between Dalhousie and MYRA is well-positioned in this direction,” he said.
He was very enthusiastic to mention about the positive effect on growth in India from PM Modi’s ‘Digital India’ and ‘Silk India’ programs; he also opined and hoped that Canada will follow India’s footsteps in coming up with ‘Make in Canada’ initiatives.
Dr Carolyn Watters in her address deliberated upon the importance of data and data analytics in today’s scenario of educational administration. She took the audience through the data collection, statistics and work on data analytics executed at the different departments and levels of her University and showed the importance of the efficient use of data and data mining in making the right decisions in enrolment, retention, courses, workload distribution, classroom usage, advising, impacts on research and other areas.
She said that data in any corporate or educational environment can manage a total cultural change.
Dr Michael Shepherd, CEO and Professor, CEDABI, Professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, Dr Sudhindra Seshadri, Senior Associate Dean (Academics), MYRA, Dr Shrijay D Urs, Executive Director, MYRA, faculty, staff, students and a number of special invitees formed the gathering.