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“I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.”

–          Abraham Lincoln (16th  US President (1861-65), who brought about the emancipation of the slaves. 1809-1865)

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Russian prowess in education and technical field is as constant as ever. Russia is highly developed in pure science and innovation. Biology, Medicine, chemistry, material science, space technology & aeronautics, mathematics, electrical & automation engineering, and physics are fields in which Russians excel. Science is emphasized at all levels of education, and very large numbers of engineers graduate every year.

The following might be interesting for our young Indian friends who are looking to pursue higher education:

Perhaps no other Chemical Engineering department that existed in India at 1950s had such a unique structure. IIT Bombay Chemical Engineering was perhaps the only department which had identified Automation as a specialization in an era when Automation was considered to be the rightful domain of Electrical Engineers. The structure had the unmistakable influence of Russian academics who were deeply involved in developing the academic fabric of IIT Bombay.

The early Russian Influence:
UNESCO had identified USSR as the major donor nation for IIT Bombay. The assistance was in terms of experts from USSR guiding the development of IITB and technical equipment needed for teaching and research. The first team of experts was an illustrious list consisting of Prof. Frumkin, Prof. I.V. Anismov and Prof.  Drobynin ,  Prof. Frumkin was an academic of great repute in the field of Electrochemistry… Prof. Anismov was an expert in Automatic Control and Prof.  Drobynin in Chemical Engineering operations. Their main focus was on the structure and content of Post Graduate program. Prof. Anisimov, besides planning the Postgraduate program, found time to conduct distillation dynamics experiments at UDCT, Matunga where some of the faculty members were temporarily located. Prof. Frumkin and Prof. Anisimov had left in 1960. In 1961, three more USSR experts joined the institute. They were Prof. L.P.Anoschenko (Electrochemistry), Prof. A.N.Chistyakov (Fuel Technology) and Prof. L.A. Ivanov (Auotmation). During the period 1962-63, Prof. S. D. Antonovsky (Wood and Cellulse Chemistry) and Prof. S.A. Bagagturov (Fuel Technology) joined the department.

Russian Experts had helped the faculty to float PhD topics.

Taken from the website: http://www.che.iitb.ac.in/online/about/history/department-history-draft-copy/greenfield-era

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“Study abroad is not merely a life-changing experience for those who pursue it; as the world becomes smaller, it is imperative that citizens of a country understand other nations. Any country wishing to ascend or maintain its global leadership, must give their students greater international educational opportunities.”

 – Paraphrased from the speech of Joe Biden,
Vice President of United States of America

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