Between 26 and 30 November, Oleg Kozaderov, Associate professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, gave a series of lectures and workshops on “Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage” in English at the National Institute of Technology (NIT Kurukshetra) in Kurukshetra (India). The participants were bachelor’s, master's, and postgraduate degree students, as well as researchers from various Indian universities interested in modern electrochemical technologies of energy conversion.
The course was initiated by the Faculty of Chemistry of NIT Kurukshetra within the framework of the government international programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development “Global Initiative of Academic Networks – GIAN”. The coordinators of the course were Prof. Akhilesh Swarup and Prof. Chetti Prabhakar. The aim of the GIAN programme is to invite foreign researchers to teach in India, create favourable environment for their effective collaboration with Indian universities, and initiate joint research projects in order to boost mutual interaction and enhance the reforms in the sphere of science and technology in India.
In 2015, Voronezh State University, as one of the best universities in Russia, was invited to participate in the programme by the Embassy of India in the Russian Federation. The application submitted by Oleg Kozaderov underwent a strict multi-stage selection by the experts of the GIAN council. Within the three years that the programme has been operating, only 20 applications by Russian researchers have been approved.
An important part of Oleg Kozaderov’s success was the fact that he had participated in the VSU’s project “Academic English” aimed at teaching the academic staff of the university the specifics of developing study courses and making presentations in English.
As a part of his visit, Oleg Kozaderov also had a meeting with the director of NIT Kurukshetra, Dr. Satish Kumar. They discussed the collaboration prospects between universities, including student exchange programmes, lectures by NIT Kurukshetra teachers at VSU, and joint research projects.