New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI) at the Victoria University of Wellington has endeavored to actively engage the scholars in research on India in the New Zealand universities. Full time working 50 academics have come together to work on the research project. Besides, Indian studies arealso drawing more and more students in New Zealand.
NZIRI Director Sekhar Bandyopadhyay told the group of 50 scholars on research Project is the largest such group outside the borders of India.
NZIRI was established in 2012, aiming to promote and enable research on India as well as New Zealand-India relations.
Shekhar told that goal is to develop connections with Indian universities and research institutes with further view of looking forward tomaterializing the proposal for combined research projects.Shekhar arrived in Hyderabad to attend an international conference on 'society, religion and modernity in India' organized as part of the relationship it has built with the Indian university.
The present Universities linkages includewith the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The similar agreement with the University of Calcutta and few others are also undergoing through negotiations.
NZIRI at present is funding 12 research projects on India. More allies are on the cards. The Indian studies in New Zealand begun in1960s, and the demand is increasing with therising importance of India.
New Zealand has an Indian diaspora of 112,000 and the two countries also share the history as both gained independence from the British and are members of the Commonwealth.Sekhar also informed about the ongoing negotiationson free trade agreement with India.
At present, the world class education provider New Zealand has above 12,000 Indian students studying in their country.