MFF CARE India

The Mehta Family Foundation Collaborative for Academic and Research Excellence in India
Current MFF CARE Team

MFF CARE India

The Mehta Family Foundation Collaborative for Academic and Research Excellence in India (MFF CARE India) is a program to connect international faculty and subject matter experts with Indian Institutions.

One of the primary objectives of the Foundation is growing the intellectual talent in India by creating new Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s programs in fields relevant for India. 

The MFF CARE program provides the necessary domain expertise to Indian Institutions to ensure the rapid and successful development of a new department.  MFF CARE- India team members shares their experience, knowledge, and leadership in a variety of engagement opportunities.

The following outline the engagement opportunities that an international faculty member has engaged with an Indian institution.

Your assistance in any of these areas is most appreciated.

1)  Leadership

a)   Assist in crafting the vision statement for the new department.

b)   Provide guidance and support to the head of the new department based on your experience and leadership.

c)   Set and review key milestone needed to create a world-class department.

d)   Assist in the definition, development, and execution of interdisciplinary research projects and establish measurable outcomes.

e)   Periodic review the current strengths and weaknesses of the new department and provide proactive remediations to the department head.

f)   Provide periodic feedback to the Indian institution’s director.

2)  Education

a)   Develop curriculum for new degree programs.

b)   Teach courses, seminars, workshops and research techniques.

c)   Create and teach remote courses (e-courses/online courses).

3)  Recruitment

a)   Identify United States post-docs and faculty who wish to relocate to India.

b)   Identify distinguished individuals for headlining seminars and conferences in India.

c)   Identify international faculty members to conduct talks or training as part of a lecture series at multiple Indian institutions.

4)  Research

a)   Conduct joint research between an Indian institute and an international organization.

b)   Co-author research papers.

c)   Be a co-advisor to PhD students in India.

d)   Define grand research challenges relevant to India and the new department.

e)   Guide and work with the new department for solutions to the grand challenges.

f)     Facilitate organization of symposia on topics of relevance in India.

5)  Mentoring and Knowledge transfer

a)   Spend at least one week per year at the Indian institution campus.

b)   Become a mentor to Indian students both for their research and their career progression.

c)   Facilitate the exchange of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral students.

d)   Maintain a physical office at the new department.

e)   Maintain a research lab at the Indian institution.

 6)  Your commitment and determination to build the best new department in India.

Current MFF CARE Team

Dr. Shankar Subramaniam

Dr. Shankar Subramaniam

Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Computer Science & Engineering, Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Nano Engineering, University of California - San Diego

Dr. Ajayan Pulickel

Dr. Ajayan Pulickel

Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering; Professor of MSNE and Chemistry, Rice University

Dr. Ananth Grama

Dr. Ananth Grama

Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University

Dr. Madhav Marathe

Dr. Madhav Marathe

Division Director, Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing; Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia

Dr. Shyni Varghese

Dr. Shyni Varghese

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University

Dr. Rajesh Gupta

Dr. Rajesh Gupta

Professor and Qualcomm Endowed Chair, University of California - San Diego

Dr. Pratim Biswas

Dr. Pratim Biswas

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Department Chair & Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

MFF CARE India

If you are interested in connecting with Indian institutions through the MFF CARE program, please contact us.