The visiting Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin and Prakash Javadekar

Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin and Prakash Javadekar, Union Ministe

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Published : Friday, 18 Novemberber, 2016 04:00 PM

The visiting Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin and Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for MHRD pledge cooperation in number of areas.

Two Israeli Universities, Haifa University of Israel and IDC Herzliya Sign MoU with the Welingkar Institute of Management (WeSchool)

In the presence of the visiting Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin and Mr Prakash Javadekar, the Union minister for HRD, two Israeli Universities, Haifa University of Israel and IDC Herzliya Sign MoU with the Welingkar Institute of Management (WeSchool) at a high profile meet in New Delhi.

WeSchool was represented by Adv. Sohanlal K. Jain Chairman, Managing Council, S P Mandali Trust, governing WeSchool and Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool. The University of Haifa was represented by Prof. Ron Robin-President, Prof. Gustavo Mesch- Rector and Prof Soshi Zalka. IDC Herzliya was represented by Prof. Uriel Reichman-President.

Welingkar had last year signed MoUs with three other Israeli universities which included -Tel-Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and IDC Herzliya. Earlier this year in July the Tel Aviv University and WeSchool came together and hosted the Med4Dev India-Israel Affordable Healthcare Hackathon.

The Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) is an established b-school with campuses in Mumbai and Bengaluru and is known for its thrust on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, leadership development and the ever- growing scope of e-commerce. The business school was recently awarded by the AICTE-CII for its Industry Institute Linkage and has highly sought after programs in Business Analytics, Business Design and Innovation, Healthcare Management, Rural Management, Retail among others.

Speaking on the occasion President Reuvin Rivlin highlighted the need of excellence and quality in research along with the need of modern facilities and international collaborations. Pointing out the growing number of Indian scholars in Israel he said almost 10 percent of the foreign students in Israel are Indians. Tel Aviv University, even offers Marathi classes. He said the signed agreements marked a new step in the growing partnership between the two countries. The two countries inked pledges of cooperation in fields of study: Technology, Agriculture, Archeology, Biology, and many more. These include exchanges at all levels: from students to senior faculty members. It reflected the strong belief two nations have in their relationship and it’s being good for both. “That together, we are much stronger, wiser, better.”

Left to Right - Prof Uriel Reichman- President , IDC Herzliya, Adv. SK Jain, Chairman, Manageing Council, SP Manadali Trust, Dr Uday Salunkhe- Group Director , Welingkar

Prakash Javadekar, the minister for HRD said the signing of MoUs was just the beginning. He expressed his solidarity with the spirit guiding the collaborations said he would ensure that things work out effectively. Also, he mentioned that every time he had been to the country (Israel) he was mighty impressed by their zeal for excellence in research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Adv. Sohanlal K. Jain Chairman, S P Mandali, expressing his sentiments said he was happy to see the academia from both the countries collaborating and hence giving a more defined and effective shape to the warmth between the two nations.” Dr.  Uday Salunkhe sharing his thoughts on the same, said, “Living in an era of globalization, with opportunities we share some common concerns too. It will be prudential to join hands, gaining from each other’s strength and use the collective wisdom to bring about transformation in areas that are critical for national development and growth.”

Left to right : Prof Gustavo Mesch, Rector Haifa University Prof Soki Zalka - Haifa  University Adv. SK Jain, Chairman, Manageing Council, SP Mandali Trust Dr Uday Salunkhe- Group Director , Welingkar 

The by- invite-only audience had Presidents of four well respected Israeli Universities. These included Tel- Aviv University, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and IDC Herzliya. Also present on the occasion were, Rectors from a few other universities, a 15-member education delegation, Israeli Higher Education Council, equivalent of India’s University Grants Commission and Yafa Zilbershatz, Chairperson- Committee for Budgets and Planning, Ministry of Education, Israel. On the Indian side, UGC’s Chairperson Dr. Ved Prakash and Vice Chancellors, Directors and Deans from some of the very well respected institutions were present during the ceremony.

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