Pitt Hosts Delegation from the Telangana Council of Higher Education

The University of Pittsburgh's University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and Asian Studies Center (ASC) hosted a delegation from the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) at Pitt this month.

Telangana State Council of Higher Education Delegation

The University signed a memorandum of understanding with the prestigious state agency in May to develop opportunities for collaboration both in Pittsburgh and in Hyderabad, India.

The TSCHE delegation from the Government of Telangana included:

  • Sri Guntakanda Jagadish Reddy, honorable minister of education
  • Professor Tummala Papi Reddy, chairman, TSCHE
  • Professor Rikka Limbadri, vice chairman, TSCHE
  • Professor Vedulla Venkataramana, vice chairman, TSCHE
  • Sri Onteddu Narasimha Reddy, member, TSCHE

The University of Pittsburgh delegation included:

  • Dr. Belkys Torres, executive director of global engagement, UCIS
  • Dr.  John Stoner, executive director for academic affairs, UCIS
  • Dr. Joseph S. Alter, professor of anthropology and director, Asian Studies Center, UCIS
  • Dr. Sanjeev Shroff, distinguished professor and Gerald E. McGinnis chair in bioengineering,
  • Swanson School of Engineering
  • Dr. Rabikar Chatterjee, Gulf Oil Foundation professor of business, Joseph M.
  • Katz Graduate School of Business

Dr. Alter formally welcomed the group and provided an overview of Pitt’s global Asia programs. Dr. Torres then discussed global personalized education at Pitt. Turning the program over to TSCHE, Dr. Venkataraman provided an overview of the agency’s initiatives throughout the state of Telangana.

The morning session continued with a presentation by Dr. Chatterjee, “The Lab-to-Market Journey in Healthcare Innovation: An ISB-Pitt Partnership in Research and Education,” and a discussion led by Dr. Shroff, “Inclusive and Scalable Biomedical Innovation: Pitt and Hyderabad.”

The delegation’s afternoon included meetings with Dr. James R. Martin II, U.S. Steel dean of engineering, and Dr. Arjang Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. The group toured the Indian Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning before concluding the visit with a private dinner hosted by Pitt.