By Professor Roger Jeffery, Dean for India, the University of Edinburgh
The first week is over – a great start to the Edinburgh-India partnership activities this month. It’s been really encouraging to hear that we are already on media horizons, with everyone involved being asked to talk to journalists and give provide interviews. Delhi is a wonderful place to be at this time of year, with flowers out, the weather perfect, and people relatively relaxed – but it would be even better if the air were cleaner and we had more chance to enjoy the outdoors.
Rowena Arshad and Deirdre Torrance made excellent presentations at the British Council event on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at our own colloquium on Thursday and Friday. The latter, at the National University for Educational Administration and Planning [NUEPA], provided opportunities to explain the Scottish context of training for leadership in school education. Moray House has had a strong role in the research and practice that helped lead to the theoretical underpinning of the programme. Our colloquium has practical implications. Three concrete proposals for joint action were agreed at the final session: a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a joint research proposal, and an edited collection of relevant papers on women and school leadership. The collaboration with NUEPA will be taken to a further level with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at a ceremony next Friday, 20th February, when the Principal of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, will be in Delhi.
This coming week has a wide range of events, and I’m particularly looking forward to visiting PUSA –the agricultural research station that is completely surrounded by the spread of New Delhi – with Nat Waran and our vets; and also to return to Kolkata, which I haven’t visited for about 20 years. And I’ll be catching up with Supurna Banerjee, who’s organising one of the workshops there – Supurna did her PhD with me and is now a member of the Faculty at the Institute for Development Studies, Kolkata.