Univ of Chicago opens centre in Delhi

The University of Chicago today opened an academic centre here, supporting opportunities for collaboration among scholars and students from India and Chicago across disciplines.

"The opening of the Delhi center is a very important event for the University of Chicago because it represents about our commitment to academic work in India and with India and because of how it reflects the University's thinking about the importance of its global activities," University President Robert J Zimmer said during the inauguration.

US Amabassador to India Nancy Powell inaugurated the centre.

The centre will promote scholarship through three broad programmes, business, economics, law, and policy, science, energy, medicine, and public health and culture, society, religion, and arts.

The centre will also be an intellectual destination, enabling the University of Chicago to better support research and scholarship that will benefit faculty, students and society, said a statement.

Located at Connaught Place, the 17,000-square-foot centre will provide space for seminars and conferences as well as faculty offices and study areas.

It will host Indian and South Asian students and scholars, serve as a base for University of Chicago students and faculty working in India and throughout the region, and engage alumni and parents in India and South Asia.

Delhi joins the University's centre in Beijing, opened in 2010, and the centre in Paris, opened in 2004, in bringing together researchers and students to collaborate across the academic spectrum.

The centre in Delhi is a wholly-owned foreign enterprise operating under the name of 'UChicago Center' in India Private Limited.