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Ohio State College of Nursing researchers in IndiaThe Ohio State University’s history of 50+ years of partnership and strategic engagement with India is rooted in a vision of knowledge sharing and institutional education development. Ohio State’s first engagement in India took place in the area of agrarian development through the creation of three agricultural universities across three Indian states, including Punjab. During this time, Ohio State and regional university partners worked through bilateral programming to contribute to the development of the Indian Institute of Technology at its inception.  

Beginning with the India Gateway in 2011, the university has advanced engagement with a number of Indian higher education institutions in a range of disciplines, including the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Avinashilingam University for Women, PSG Institute, and Tata Memorial Hospital, among others. Ohio State alumni serve as leaders and faculty at a range of reputed institutions and industry throughout India and beyond.

The India Gateway currently supports active engagement with more than 200 faculty members across 12 colleges at Ohio State and tens of others via a range of engagement modes. Apart from colleges and individual faculty, strategic partners include the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Based Therapies (CRMCBT), Center for Operational Excellence, Center for Resilience, Center for Education and Training for Employment (CETE), Global Water Institute (GWI), among others.


Ohio State faculty visits IndiaThe India Gateway provides a wide variety of services for faculty to aid establishing research collaboration, teaching pedagogy and travel efficiency. The India Gateway team consists of staff members who are bilingual and have lived and studied in both India and the United States. The India Gateway office is located in Nariman Point and the office is well-connected with our alumni network, universities and corporate partners. Faculty can contact the office in advance to make their travel arrangements to India.

Travel Services

  • Invitation letters
  • Visa application guidance
  • Itinerary planning
  • Site recommendations
  • Accommodation recommendations and reservations
  • Meeting and conference arrangements
  • Translation (business cards and materials)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Transportation arrangements
  • Interpreters
  • Navigation assistance
  • Local culture advice
  • Connection establishment (setting up meetings and connections with universities, governments, alumni and students)
  • Accompany and support to and during the meetings
  • Meeting and event follow up


Tarunjit Butalia presents at conferences in IndiaThe Global Gateway Discovery Theme Research Seed Grant competition promotes research collaborations between Ohio State faculty and partners in India. The grant provides seed funding that promotes interdisciplinary research on the Discovery Themes of food production and security, health and wellness, energy and environment and the humanities and arts.

The India Gateway supports the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme Initiative program, led by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) through academic and industry outreach and partnership.

The India Gateway also supports the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) Discovery Theme Initiative Focus through academic, industry, and bi-national partnership, starting with the U.S.-India Joint Waste Management Innovations Conference in April 2017 sponsored by the U.S. Consulate Mumbai and in partnership with Tata Sustainable Management Group and Ramky Enviro-Engineering.

Academic Partnerships

International Agreements

The Office of International Affairs is the first point of contact in developing international agreements. Contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser (kukielka-blaser.1@osu.edu), program director, international relations, if you are interested in working on formalizing an agreement.

  • Seven agreements are active in India, including two Memoranda of Agreements (MOA) and five Memoranda of Understanding (MOU).
  • The agreements were initiated by various colleges:
    • Two university-wide initiatives
    • Two in the College of Arts and Sciences
    • One in the College of Engineering
    • One in the College of Education and Human Ecology
    • One in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Education Abroad Programs

The India Gateway helps facilitate various education abroad programs according to each program’s needs. For example, the India Gateway was able to assist the India Engineering and Education Service-Learning Experience:

  • Procure sim cards for students’ local cell phone use
  • Pre-visit communication with the partner university to ensure adequate lab and dormitory facilities
  • Guidance provided to faculty leaders on proper cultural etiquette for male and female undergraduate students