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Mysore varsity to sign pact with leading institutes

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International School of Information Management will be set up, says J. Shashidhar Prasad iSIM is being promoted by University of Mysore, International Institute of Information Technology, Informatics India Ltd., University of Pittsburgh, and University of Michigan

MYSORE: The University of Mysore will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with leading institutes in India and U.S. for establishment of a new generation centre known as International School of Information Management - iSIM. The MoU will be signed in Bangalore on Thursday during the Info Vision 2005, the information industry-academia summit.

Disclosing this to presspersons here on Tuesday, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore J. Shashidhar Prasad said that iSIM was being promoted by the university in collaboration with International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore, Informatics India Ltd., Bangalore, School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Michigan.

MoU

The MoU will be signed in the presence of Director General of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research R.A. Mashelkar by Prof. Prasad, Dean of School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Ronald Larsen, Director of IIIT S. Sadagopan, and chief managing director of Informatics India Ltd. N.V. Satyanarayana.

Though the iSIM will be located in the University of Mysore, specific activities can be in any of the partner or alliance institutions, he said.

The iSIM would offer masters programme in information systems management, and the curriculum will be in tune with that of the University of Pittsburgh and University of Michigan.

Prof. Prasad said that the Ford Foundation has provided seed money of around Rs. 2 crores through a grant to the director of Vidyanidhi Digital Library Project Shalini Urs.

Prof. Urs said, "iSIM is a strategy and a model to confront the challenges of crossing borders in terms of disciplines, institutional frameworks and sectors. It will be an innovative centre for newly emerging disciplines based on a model of global partnership across academia and industry."

The iSIM programme, she said, will progressively move towards joint degree programmes and will also join American I School consortium.

Faculty and student exchange between partner institutions will provide international setting for the students of iSIM, she said.

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