Norrbotten Tour - Luleå Technology University

Norrbotten Tour - Luleå Technology University

The Ambassador, Mrs Banashri Bose Harrison is on a tour of the Norrbotten region from 11 to 17 March. On the first leg of her tour she visited Luleå Technological University on 12 March. Since the Vice Chancellor had fallen ill, the ambassador was received at the University by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Mr Erik Höglund. The Pro-Vice Chancellor was accompanied by senior members of the faculty, including Mr Örjan Johansson, the Head of Department for Environment (Civil & Mining), Dr. Lennart Elfgren, Prof Emeritus of Structural Engineering, a leading expert on bridges; Professor Uday Kumar, Prof and Head of Operation and Maintenance Engineering with vast experience in Railways sector, Mr Pär Weihed, Vice Rector (Mining) and Associate Professor Aditya Parida. After an informal discussion during which the Ambassador and the members of the faculty discussed the broad possibilities of cooperation between LTU and India in important areas like Railway maintenance including safety and sustainability and in mining technology; she was given a detailed presentation on LTU by the Pro-VC followed by presentations in the field of Operation and Maintenance Engineering, Bridge technology and Mining by the concerned faculty members. After further fruitful discussions, several areas of common interest were identified for follow-up including exploration of a possible joint Centre of Excellence in Railway Maintenance Technology and cooperation in upgradation of bridges and training in the field of mining as well as other areas where LTU had expertise.

The ambassador also met the Mayor Ms Yvonne Stålnacke who told her about the presence of 86 nationalities in Luleå and its vision of becoming a global city. One of The Ambassador's suggestion of celebrating International days which would make the foreign-origin residents feel included and give all residents a chance to enjoy different cultures was warmly welcomed by the Mayor who proposed that a beginning be made with an India Day. Ambassador responded enthusiastically and said that the Embassy would be delighted to organize Indian cultural programmes in Luleå.

The Ambassador was then taken to visit various laboratories where path breaking research was being conducted; including one on tribology headed by Dr Braham Prakash, from Indian Institute of Technology; on e-Maintenance headed by Professor Uday Kumar and on bridge engineering headed by Dr. Lennart Elfgren.

The next engagement was an address by the Ambassador to about forty students and faculty members of LTU where she spoke on "India -Sweden relations, Past Present and the Future". She described the enormous potential for collaboration that exists between the two countries including through the "Make in India" programme launched by the Prime Minister last September where a big focus had been put on infrastructure creation and upgradation. Her talk was well received and generated a very lively interaction.

Later in the day, the Ambassador interacted with members of the local Indian community. The day ended with an evening reception hosted by LTU, which was attended by the Governor of Norrbotten region His Excellency Mr Sven-Erik Österberg.

On 13th May, the Ambassador will be visiting the Esrange space station and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna. The next day she will visit the Abisko Polar Research Centre and discuss with its Head Dr Magnus Augner possibilities of collaboration between India and Sweden in the important field of Polar research.

Ambassador with Governor of Norrbotten

Pro Vice Chancellor and the head of departments at LTU