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By Ranald Leask, International Press Officer, the University of Edinburgh

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Welcome to the University of Edinburgh’s India 2015 blog – your window to a range of exciting events  taking place at locations across India during February.

India is a tremendously important country for the University, which welcomed its first Indian student to the Scottish capital in the 1870s. Now, students and staff from Edinburgh are working in partnership with some of the most innovative people and organisations across India, sharing ideas and developing solutions to a range of challenges.

This month sees more than 40 experts from Edinburgh taking part in events across India. Topics as diverse as animal welfare, clean energy and genetics will be the focus of events in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and in other locations.

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Experts in medicine, science and the humanities will present a series of public lectures and academic events. The tour will help establish new partnerships with institutions across the sub-continent and highlight Edinburgh’s place as the partner of choice for Indian researchers and students.

It is hoped that by sharing knowledge, researchers will aid efforts to improve animal and human health in India – particularly in rural areas. Scientists also hope that Edinburgh’s expertise in low-carbon innovation can support efforts to harness solar energy in the region.

There will also be presentations on using gene technology, pioneered at the University’s world-famous Roslin Institute, to help to tackle disease, as well as discussions on the role of women in education in India.

Please check back as we’ll be updating the blog on a frequent basis, with articles, photos and videos.