The University of Saskatchewan and the Indian Institute of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner for five years on joint research, training, and academic exchanges related to water security, climate science, and policy issues.

“This is a very exciting research collaboration since both our countries are facing significant water security and climate change challenges,” said Peter Stoicheff, president of the University of Saskatchewan.

“At the University of Saskatchewan, we strive to be the university the world needs,” added Stoicheff. “A key global need is to better understand glacier decline, snowmelt, and groundwater movement—research that is critical to sustainable water supplies and builds upon research strengths both in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayan regions.”

Under the agreement, the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security and Indian Institute of Science (IISc):

  • Plan to provide access to their respective research facilities, and pursue bi-lateral and/or global funding opportunities.
  • Share research expertise and hydrological models, both at the local and global scale, to predict water futures as affected by both climate change and humans.
  • Explore both short- and long-term exchanges of faculty members and highly qualified personnel, including: graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and scientists.

“We are really looking forward to this collaboration with GIWS,” said Indumati Srinivasan, in-charge registrar at IISc. “IISc appreciates the combined efforts of professor Pradeep Mujumdar, who leads our Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research, and of professor Anjula Gurtoo, who leads our Centre for Society and Policy, an interdisciplinary centre for science and technology policy.”

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