Announcement of Programmes 2023-24




Programmes seeking applications are as follows (please click on each programme to access the details):


Binational Agri-Cluster

Binational One Health Cluster 

Other Programmes 

Queries? Contact SICI officials.


To ensure wider dissemination, please share this on your institutional websites, various forums, and networks of your universities/institutions. 


Let’s make the most of these programmes and grants to foster international collaborations and enrich academic experiences! 


What's Fresh?


 Indian Members' Council Meeting 


SICI recently hosted its highly anticipated Annual Indian Members’ Council Meeting, a virtual gathering where member institutions came together to discuss SICI’s year-round programs, activities, and key strategic matters. Distinguished representatives from India and Canada joined the meeting, fostering fruitful collaborations and exploring opportunities for success. Ms. Jennifer Daubney, Minister (Commercial) from the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, provided valuable updates on the initiatives of the Government of Canada.


During the meeting, Professor (Dr.) Srikrishna Deva Rao, Vice Chancellor of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University, Hyderabad was appointed as SICI’s new incoming Vice-President/President-Elect.



    Canadian Members' Council (CMC) Meeting & Annual General Meeting

      Above (clockwise): Dr. B. Hariharan | Former President, SICIDr. Pavneesh Madan | President, SICI , CMC & IMC Members participating in SICI's AGM            


    The Canadian Members’ Council and Annual General Meeting of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) concluded with great enthusiasm and optimism. Dr. B. Hariharan gracefully passed the leadership baton to Dr. Pavneesh Madan, the newly appointed President of SICI.  During the meeting, a moment of silence honored the late Prof. John Wood, a distinguished figure in SICI’s history. Esteemed guests, including Mr. Chinmoy Naik, Deputy High Commissioner of the Indian High Commission in Ottawa and Ms. Meena Bhullar, First Secretary, and Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi graced the event with their greetings.

    New Faces at SICI: Welcoming EC, Committees, and Institutional Members!
    The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) congratulates the newly elected members of the Executive Council and other officials. SICI would also like to extend a warm welcome to new institutional members who have recently joined SICI.
     SICI’s New Executive Council 2023-24
    • Dr. Pavneesh Madan, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada | President
    • Dr. Srikrishna Deva Rao, National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR) University, Hyderabad, India | Vice President / President-Elect
    • Dr. Meenal Shrivastava, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada  | Secretary-Treasurer
    • Dr. Vijayalakshmi Iyenger, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM), Delhi, India | Member-at-Large
    • Dr. Manzoor Shah, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India  | Member-at-Large
    • Dr. Ajay Agarwal, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada  | Member-at-Large

    Other Newly Elected Members 2023-24

    • Dr. Anand Pawar, The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, India | Nomination Committee Chair
    • Dr. Ravi Saxena, SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, India | Nomination Committee Member
    • Dr. Bilkis Vissandjée, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada | Chair of the Nomination Committee
    • Dr. Sheila Embleton, Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne, Sudbury,  Canada  | Member of the Nomination Committee
    • Dr. John Kershaw, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton ,Canada  | Member of the Nomination Committee
    • Dr. Satwinder Bains, University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada | Chair of the  Conflict of Interest Committee
    Our New Member Institutions 2023-24

    Update on Short-Term Virtual Courses


    SICI launched the Shastri Short-Term Virtual Course as its first initiative aimed at achieving self-reliance through revenue-generation and collaboration between esteemed faculty from India and Canada. SICI has completed five online courses successfully. The sixth one, "Disaster Risk and Resilience" is presently accepting registrations for interested fraternities. This multidisciplinary course offers a nine-week learning experience to learn about the science of hazards, quantifying risk, and mastering catastrophe management. Register Now !!!



    Members’ Corner

    Shiv Nadar University


    Within the first year of SICI’s partnership, three undergraduate students from SNU bagged the prestigious SICI MITACS Globalink Internship Award for the Summer of 2023. These young women who are eager to learn and explore the world in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Management).  


    NMIMS School of Business Management 


    On May 10, 2023, NMIMS School of Business Management (SBM) hosted a delegation from the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Canada. The delegation for the two-week study visit to India was led by Dr Hamed Aghakhani, Professor of Marketing and Dr Binod Sundarajan, Director & Professor of Management, both from the Faculty of Management. The delegation’s visit to India was a part of an international experience course, “Doing Business in Emerging Markets,” offered by the Rowe School of Business. Dalhousie University professors and students were in awe of India's fintech industry advancements and praised the UPI system and other innovations.


    Another exciting news is that NMIMS MPSTME BTech Data Science student Anidya Singh Bhandari has been selected for the prestigious SICI Mitacs Globalink Research Internship for 2023. Currently, he is working with Prof. Amina Stoddart at Dalhousie University, Canada on the project "Data Analytics to advance municipal wastewater treatment".

    Research Publications
    • Grant, K. R., Davies, T. J., Harish, S. M., Dar, J. A., Kothandaraman, S., Ray, T., Malasiya, D., Dayanandan, S., & Khan, M. L. (2023). Phylogenetic community patterns suggest Central Indian tropical dry forests are structured by montane climate refuges. Diversity and Distributions, 29 (7), 946–958.

      The publication resulted from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Research Student Fellowship (2020-2021), awarded to Kyle Grant, Concordia University

    • Rojimol, J., Basu, D. & Balunaini, U. Modelling Geosynthetic Reinforced Three-Layered Soil System Under Monotonic Loads Considering Shear and Vertical Deformations of Layers. Int. J. of Geosynth. and Ground Eng. 9, 46 (2023). .


      The publication resulted from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Research Student Fellowship (2019-2020), awarded to Rojimol J , IIT Hyderabad


    • Biswas, A., Singh, V., Qian, Z. (2023). Analysing Land Use Transformation and Water Security: Evidence from the Global North and the Global South. In: Chatterjee, U., Bandyopadhyay, N., Setiawati, M.D., Sarkar, S. (eds) Urban Commons, Future Smart Cities and Sustainability. Springer Geography. Springer, Cham.

      The publication resulted from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s SICRG grant  (2018-2019), awarded to Dr. Arindam Biswas, IIT Roorkee.

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