Chandigarh February 9, 2018-Panjab University, Chandigarh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the London School of Management Education (LSME) in recognition of the establishment of a new collaborative working arrangement for Responsible Research in India. This ceremony took place in London at the LSME Campus in London Borough of Redbridge on 5th February 2018.

            This MoU is relevant as it is the first step towards implementing a joint objective to initiate and nurture the culture of Responsible Research and Innovations amongst all participating institutions within the Chandigarh Region Innovation Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC). The MoU Documents were signed by Dr Ravi Kumar on behalf of LSME and Professor Arun Kumar Grover on behalf of PU.

 

            This proposal was based on the existing principle that research can be challenging and should be more responsive to social needs and confront some of the threats faced by society in modern times.  Both PU and LSME recognise the fact that when more organisations work together, these challenges can be addressed more effectively than when alone. It was clear from a recent collaboration for the August 2016 LSME Conference in Chandigarh that LSME and PU can work well together. The idea of Responsible Research, although not in itself new, could be a driving force for research at PU and beyond, especially as a means of bringing a wider range of people into the governance of the research process and in developing social innovation in India. 

           

            In his opening remarks, Professor Stephen McKinney of the University of Glasgow, stressed the importance of research as a tool to create an interdisciplinary space to allow interaction between academics. To add to the significance of this statement, Dr Peter Gray of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, highlighted the need for open conversations amongst academic researchers and stakeholders.

            Dr Ravi Kumar, the Executive Director of LSME used this opportunity to highlight the importance of UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) which advocates for responsible management training for future leaders committed to global social responsibility and sustainability, responsible research and many more. He added that the collaboration between LSME, PU, to improve research and sharing of information does not only serve as a vision for the collaborating institutions but also fits with a global principle initiated by the United Nations. Lord Sheikh stressed the values of education, reading and scholarly research, highlighting the importance of ensuring that research findings are relevant to the intended audience.

            Professor Arun Kumar Grover gave a detailed overview of the history of PU and its collaborating institutions in UK, Australia and Canada. He pledged his commitment to the partnership and hoped that overtime, they will all realise the impact on problems of interest to India and perhaps on a global scale.

 

            The signing ceremony was witnessed by Lord and Lady Sheikh of the UK House of Lords, Professor Arun Kumar Grover, the Vice Chancellor of PU, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra of the Redbridge Council in UK, H.E. Mr Hassan Shifau from the Republic of Maldives in UK, other Senior Diplomats, members of the Executive Board of LSME, and staff and students of LSME.

            A Congratulatory message and closing remarks were delivered by Cllr Gurdial Bhamra and H.E. Mr Hassan Shifau.  They commended the parties for taking this step which begins the process of unfolding of their collective objectives. The Principal of LSME, Dr. Sarita Parhi, delivered the Vote of Thanks and closed the event.