A new partnership has been formed between two educational institutions in India and Australia, viz. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the University of Sydney Australia. The partnership will facilitate research activities between the institutes with the “central theme of human security in the current age - where there is a dominant influence of human activities on climate change and environment, known as Anthropocene”.
As per the agreement, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be receiving a seed funding of ₹50 lakhs or just over AUS$ 100,000. The seed funding will be used by the institute to undertake various research projects, with topics on climate change and its effects on our world.
Sources state that the research projects may be undertaken in topics, varying from research on infectious and health diseases caused due to the changing climate, to creating policies facilitating risk reduction during different natural disasters like floods, droughts, etc. The partnership will also facilitate researchers from both the institutes to undertake research initiatives for studying the vulnerability of urban settings with respect to the current climatic conditions along with other facets.
Madhushree Sekher, Chairman of International Relations Office at TISS, stated that the collaboration between the institutes is an important step towards “opening doors to various academic initiatives”. She added that the collaboration will see allow the institutes to offer courses, conduct student exchange programmes and collaborate in different ways to undertake academic initiatives.
Sekher stated that the seed funding will be used for prospective research initiatives between the institutes. She also added that the collaboration will “be for continuous and sustainable efforts” as well.