The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is mulling the idea of setting up its global partner university chapter at the proposed Nalanda International University (NIU), says LSE pro director, Professor Stuart Corbridge.
He is likely to discuss this matter with one of the NIU governing body members, Lord Meghnad Desai. “It would be wonderful if we can utilize this opportunity to set up a separate chapter for social scientists in the eastern part of this region,” said the pro director, who is in-charge of research and international affairs of LSE.
Corbridge, who has done extensive grass root research in the remote areas of Bihar and Jharkhand during the ’90s, was in town on a three-day personal visit.
He told TOI, “A large gathering of Indian alumni of LSE would meet at British High Commission, New Delhi, in which the issue of tie-up is likely to be taken up.”
The pro director has co-authored a book entitled ‘Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in Rural India’ and a number of research articles with a Bihar-cadre IAS officer, Manoj K Srivastava. Srivastava has a long association with Corbridge during his research on Bihar and at LSE.
He said the LSE has university-wise partnership in teaching and research with Columbia University, New York, Peking University, Beijing, Sciences Po, Paris, University of Cape Town and National University of Singapore.
After China and US, students of Indian origin constitute the third largest group in LSE. “Indian advisory board would be meeting on Thursday to seek advice and guidelines for identifying an Indian institute or university as one of the global partners.”
Corbridge’s main research interests include governance and accountability, including Right to Information, participation and empowerment, forest policies and politics in eastern India.
Quoting a recent figure, he said, “Indians normally spend nearly $4 billion on their children pursuing higher studies in some of the best universities.” He expressed concern over lack of interest among Indian students in pursuing in-depth research in social sciences. (The Times of India)