A first for the U.S.: Rowan and India’s National Research Development Corporation to partner on innovation, research, economic development

A first for the U.S.: Rowan and India’s National Research Development Corporation to partner on innovation, research, economic development

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As New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy looks on, Vice President for Research Beena Sukumaran discusses the historic partnership between Rowan University, India's National Research Development Corporation and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

In what is the first such pairing in the United States, Rowan University has entered into a partnership with India’s National Research Development Corporation and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to enhance technological innovation, industrial research and economic development globally and statewide.

 “Rowan and the NRDC will help usher in the next generation of discovery and invention,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said of the historic agreement, signed in New Delhi during an economic development mission to India. The NRDC is a unit of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology in India.

Under the agreement, the NRDC will set up an office at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University and will look to commercialize about 3,000 Indian research laboratories’ and universities’ repository of U.S. patents.

Rowan will work with the NRDC in capacity building through innovation/entrepreneurship/commercialization/professional development training. Additionally, the University will assist in the development of an online searchable database/technology marketplace to highlight and market technologies, innovations and patents in India and New Jersey.

The NJEDA will assist Indian companies with commercialized technologies to establish a presence in New Jersey.

Through the partnership, the NRDC, Rowan and the NJEDA will work together on research to develop innovative technologies for the global market, according to Beena Sukumaran, Vice President for Research at Rowan.

“Rowan University prides itself on taking innovative ideas all the way from the classroom to practical applications,” said Sukumaran. “We are thrilled to welcome innovative Indian startup companies to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, where they will have access to our facilities, faculty, students and other resources that will help them grow.”

In addition to the partnership with NRDC, Rowan also has entered into partnerships with three other Indian entities to collaborate on research and innovation. Rowan will work with Amity Universities and Institutions, India’s leading private research institution, Aditya Educational Institutions, which includes 50 educational institutions specializing in engineering, business, pharmacy, nursing, forensic science and other disciplines, and IIT-Gandhinagar, a leading national institution.

Rowan and Amity will work on joint research, projects and publications, as well as internships for students and other collaborations.

Rowan and Aditya will work together to develop collaborations in research, student and faculty exchanges, enhance engineering clinics and the Engineers without Borders program, joint degree programs, and graduate student recruitment.

Rowan and IIT-Gandhinagar will work together to develop collaborations in research, as well as student and faculty exchanges.

Officials from all institutions signed Memorandums of Understanding last week in India.

“My number one priority has been to foster an unrivaled economic ecosystem where innovative and game-changing companies – including Indian companies – can find a home and succeed,” Murphy said during the economic development mission to India. “India can be one of our leading partners in New Jersey’s reemerging dominance in the global innovation economy, and New Jersey can be a leading partner in India’s continued economic rise.”