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Seneca takes part in India delegation

President David Agnew and other postsecondary, business and political leaders travelled to India with Premier Kathleen Wynne from January 31 to February 5 to strengthen Ontario’s economic, political and cultural ties with the world’s third-largest economy.

During the week-long mission, the delegation promoted Ontario’s business advantages and created opportunities for new partnerships. They visited four cities — New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai — formalizing seven memorandums of understanding (MOU) with partners in the research, infrastructure, technology, science and health sectors. The signings were witnessed by the premier, ministers Chan and Duguid, the High Commissioner for Canada to India, Nadir Patel and dignitaries from across India.

The seven MOUs that were formalized include:

New Delhi

  • Max Institute of Health Education and Research: A collaboration in academic programming, services and applied research in the life sciences and health care sectors. Media Release
  • ILM Institute for Higher Education of Delhi: A collaboration in the areas of student and faculty exchanges, joint research, contract training and educational consulting.
  • Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd.: An exploration of aviation (non-technical) training through the National Skill Development Corporation


  • INSCOL: Seneca signed a $2.9 million MOU to provide "train the trainer" health and medical training for youth. in the roles of General Duty Assistant, Home Health Aide, Emergency Medical (basic) and Emergency Medical (advanced). This partnership is part of a 10-year plan to train more than 83,000 students throughout India. Media Release

train the trainer

Professor Brenda Tapp-Cosgrove (left) from Seneca’s School of Health Sciences works with students at INSCOL in Chandigarh. 


  • College of Engineering Pune and the City of Markham: An innovative project competition in the area of health care through Seneca’s HELIX business incubator. This tri-party MOU will promote global entrepreneurship among young entrepreneurs from India and Ontario. Media Release
  • Thakur Institute of Management Studies: A collaboration in the areas of student and faculty exchanges, joint research, contract training and educational consulting.

MOU signing

President David Agnew, right, first row, signs a memorandum of agreement along with City of Markham Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, with the College of Engineering Pune. The signing was witnessed by Premier Wynne, and ministers Michael Chan, Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and Brad Duguid, Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure as well as Nadir Patel, Canada’s High Commissioner in India and local dignitaries.

  • National Association of Software and Services Companies: A collaboration on academic programming, services and applied research in the Information and Communications Technology sector.

In addition to the mission activities, President Agnew also met with prospective partners to explore further opportunities in academic programming, student/faculty exchanges, contract training and educational consulting. He also participated in a discussion in Mumbai, hosted by the City of Markham, on the role of education institutions on global health equity and included representatives from York University, Markham-Stouffville Hospital and representatives from Indian health care institutes.