Two meetings have already taken place between the representatives of the institutes and the final one would be held in February.
“I have a computer science background and I know the importance of Bangalore. The University of Edinburgh is committed to strengthening collaboration with India,” Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal, University of Edinburgh, told Deccan Herald.
He was in Delhi to sign an MoU with the University of Delhi to increase joint research.
University of Edinburgh and the NCBS would exchange faculty and researchers in the field of neuro science to work on Fragile X Syndrome, bringing together different problems relating to cognitive disorders, said Amrita Sadarangani, Head, India Liaison Office in Mumbai.
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), or Martin-Bell Syndrome, is a genetic syndrome that results in a spectrum of characteristic physical and intellectual limitations and emotional and behavioural features that range from severe to mild in manifestation.
It can range from learning disabilities to more severe cognitive or intellectual disabilities, sometimes referred to as mental retardation. Although the University has set up their first office in Mumbai, they would cover other cities as well and would collaborate with other leading Indian universities, Sir Timothy said.
The University of Edinburgh already has a collaborative research project with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on the impact of earthquake and fire safety on built structures.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, who is visiting India with a group of university vice-chancellors and business heads, signed a number of MoUs with Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal here on Tuesday.
While an MoU was signed between the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad and the University of Abertay Dundee for joint research programme and academic exchange, India’s National Accreditation Board for Education and Training and the Scottish Qualifications Authority would collaborate to develop professional and academic accreditations.