On the occasion of President of India, Honourable Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Sweden in June, 2015, SRM University was invited by the Government of India to attend a special function where a slew of academic and commercial agreements were to be concluded to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries.
This was Honourable President of India’s second interaction with SRM University, the first being in 2012 as Chief Guest of the 8th Convocation ceremony, when he commented, “SRM University has made a name for itself by imparting quality higher education in the private sector. It should now strive to spread to other Institutions in the country some of its models of teaching and curricula which are novel and that which can be emulated”
The MoU between Umea University and SRM University was signed by the respective Vice Chancellors on 1 June, 2015 at the Indian Embassay in Stokholm. Professor Bagchi, who participated in discussions with the University in setting a road map for future collaboration noted, “ This was a significant event, which not only reinforced the strong bonds of educational partnership between the two Universites, but was also a significant step in strengthening the bilateral relationship”. He added “ The MoU builds on the existing partnership , where student mobility has been a significant component”,
Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. It is ranked 24th in the world in the 2014/15 ‘QS Top 50 under 50’ league table. Umea University is also the highest ranking university in Sweden and shares the top place (24th) among countries in the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) with the University of Eastern Finland.
Dr.Bagchi also visited Uppsala University, the oldest university in Sweden and all of the Nordic countries, founded in 1477. It ranks among the best universities in Northern Europe as well as other International Universities Prof Bagchi said “I believe there are several areas of mutual interest to spur a partnership between our two Universities”. “The areas of energy, functional materials, information and communication technology, offer tremendous scope for joint collaboration, and we will be aiming to take this forward”, he added.