The President of Chicago University recently spoke of having no plans of establishing a campus of University of Chicago in India, which is much coveted by the Indian government for which the government enacted the bill process in legislation as well.
Robert J Zimmer, the President of reputed University of Chicago, however, admired the scholar and intellectual capacity of India and also mentioned about the eagerness of students of the Chicago university to visit India for study/educational trips despite the fact that one student of the University of Chicago had faced the alleged harassment previous year.
While in connection with the opening and inaugural of an academic centre in the capital, Zimmer informed to press of having no plans of setting up since they wish to have only one campus operating and running in Chicago only.
The above declaration from Zimmer came while the Indian government is intending and trying for giving Foreign Education Provider's Bill a green signal in the upcoming Parliament’s winter session. The purpose of the bill is to draw global universities towards India. However, This bill is standing still and pending since May 2010 in the lok sabha.
When asked about the harassment of Chicago University student the Zimmer’s response was that the students are interested to visit India as a part of study trips, this way they acquaint with multi-cultures of the world, all the while, they also have distinct reactions and they instruct their students on how to stay and take care of themselves in other countries.
A student of Chicago University, Michaela Cross after visiting India as a part of study trip mentioned India as "a traveller's heaven and a woman's hell”. She also described the entire trips and incidence of ruthless sexual harassment cases that she also became victim of, during the trip last year.
The university centre inaugurated by Zimmer on 28 October is intended to be dedicated to activities related to research in various disciplines which shall begin from March 2014.
This research centre of University of Chicago opened in Delhi is hoped to be a home for research and education activities undertaken by faculty, graduate students, as well as undergraduates of Chicago University who are functioning and working on a research project in India or anywhere in South Asia. This centre will also lend hands to Indian researchers as well.
The centre shall support and promote scholarship and education in various fields such as economics, culture, society, science, energy, medicine and public health, religion and arts.
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