Frontiers of knowledge are on the move at a rapid pace. Creation and dissemination of knowledge are of paramount importance for the overall development and well-being of every Nation. In the present era of globalisation, with tremendous advances in the field of Science and Technology, collaborations and partnerships are crucial elements for enhanced medical research and quality growth in all aspects. ‘Connect, Communicate and Collaborate” has become the new “mantra” today. With this in view, BLDE (Deemed to be University) has embarked on a path of forging collaborations and partnerships with Indian and International Universities/Institutions of repute.

BLDE (Deemed to be University) believes in the following, some, key principles for collaborative and partnership policymaking.

Collaborations must be consistent with the Vision and Mission of the University.

Collaborations must be in unique areas without much overlap with other works/projects going on in the University.

As much as possible proposals should be well defined and must be in interdisciplinary and emerging areas.

Collaborations must lead to creating valuable networking opportunities for participants.

Collaborations must lead to high-quality medical research and training.

There should be focused timelines for achieving targets.

Periodic monitoring with a focus on delivering is a must.

Wherever needed/possible University may involve NGOs.

Finally, collaborations should evolve into important work streams.

The policy-framework drafted herein affirms BLDE (Deemed to be University’s) commitment to provide opportunities to its researchers so that they can be partners in contributing to the advances which are taking place in the medical field.

The globalisation of science, engineering, and medical research is proceeding rapidly. This globalisation leads to rapid progress in research and development (R&D) which further makes worldwide exposure to economic growth, employment, technology transfer and generation of more powerful skill human resources. The benefit which an institution or university gets is to gain greater access to information, ideas, and facilities through international collaboration. This can facilitate a more rapid advancement of knowledge and discoveries. Another benefit of international science and technology collaboration is that it builds sustained relationships. While science has always transcended borders, the current level of global interaction among scientists is unprecedented. The communications revolution and today’s open innovation model allow scientists to partner with colleagues worldwide. Even in the massively networked world of today, face-to-face meetings still play a critical role.

BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura, Karnataka, India hereafter called “the university” actively develops global linkages with national and international institutions and universities in various area of medical research. This policy is designed both to focus and facilitate the development of relevant and appropriate collaborations and partnerships. The university endeavours to collaborate and partner with interested institutions, organisations, universities and the community in the advancement of academic excellence, medical research, training and social welfare.

The university appreciates that the collaboration and partnership policy is necessary to:

  1. promote partnership in academic training for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students in medical sciences
  2. develop and adopt innovative technologies
  3. encourage collaboration with industrial sectors for newly developed technology
  4. enhance the diverse quality of medical research in some thrust areas and
  5. critical training of medical researchers in advanced laboratories.

To collaborate and partner with interested institutions, organisations and Universities in the advancement of academic excellence, teaching-learning, training and medical research.

i.   The university shall establish collaborations & partnerships only if they contribute to the achievement of the university objectives.

ii.   Proposals to establish collaborations and partnerships must meet one or more of the following criteria

The programme is intended to contribute to widening participation in medical Research and Training.

The programme strengthens an existing successful collaboration or partnership.

The programme contributes to the development of academic links with collaborator universities which will enhance the university’s reputation.

iii.   In seeking collaborations and partnerships, the university emphasises the importance of establishing and maintaining partnerships in which relationships are balanced, with collaborative partners encouraged to derive equal benefit from the partnership and to contribute fully in joint decision-making processes.

iv.   No binding collaborative links may be established, without the full prior knowledge and agreement with the University.

v.   In selecting a Collaborator University/Institution, BLDE (Deemed to be University) shall look in the Collaborator University/Institution of appropriate:

organizational & management arrangements

Exchanges of qualified faculty and researchers

Ethical medical research standards

vi.   With respect to the overseas collaborators, particular care to be taken:

The local law under the purview of the foreign university

The legal and financial position of both the universities/Institutions (where applicable)

BLDE (Deemed to be University) collaboration welcomes teaching-learning training and medical research that can contribute to the fulfilment of its vision, mission and objectives and enhancement of its reputation. Professionalism, teamwork, national /international understanding and cooperation with integrity are the core values of BLDE (Deemed to be University).

  1. Training- Professional & Medical Research
  2. Advancement of Adoption of Appropriate Technologies
  3. Development of Innovative Technologies
  4. Collaborative Medical Research in all Fields

– The university will enter into collaboration with medical research institutes and other national or international universities to conduct medical research in various fields.
– University staff will be allowed to do medical research in collaborating institutions/universities.
– Equipment and facilities in partnering institutions/universities should be shared by doing medical research as per both the collaborating institution/ university rules & regulations.
– Regular meetings within the collaborator medical research institution and the university should be carried out to review progress

For approval of any proposal for collaboration or partnership, the following aspects must be noted:

i. That the activities of the proposed collaboration/partnership provide a close fit with the vision, mission and strategic plan of BLDE (Deemed to be University).

ii. That the discipline or subject area of the proposed collaboration/partnership falls within BLDE (Deemed to be University’s) current or developing areas of expertise

iii. That the educational mission and aims of the partner university or institution are in harmony with those of BLDE (Deemed to be University).

iv. That the collaborator is of excellent academic and medical research standing with financial stability

v. That the collaborator University/Institution has sufficient facilities to ensure that appropriate arrangements for medical research student/faculty members support are in place, broadly equivalent to those provided at BLDE (Deemed to be University). BLDE (Deemed to be University) provides all logistic support including local transport, food, accommodation, medical facilities to the medical research students & faculty members from collaborator University/Institute either from home or abroad

i. Periodically review the collaboration and partnership policy.

ii. Establish collaboration and partnership priorities for the university.

iii. To identify collaboration and partnership opportunities for the university.

iv. Make recommendations to the Academic Council & Board of Management on matters related to joint programmes that result from collaborations and partnerships.

v. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of all university collaborations and partnerships.

vi. BLDE (Deemed to be University) is absolutely flexible to extend the duration of any collaboration agreement depending on the progress, performance and mutual benefit of both the collaborators.

The university reserves the right to terminate any collaboration or partnership immediately if the partner is in serious breach of the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement.

The Policy may be amended at any time by the University depending on the needs arise during collaboration for either party.

The university collaboration and partnership policy is a deliberate effort to guide the university in establishing strategic linkages with other institution and Universities in medical research, and training. The university collaboration and partnership policy also honour the procedures and rules of engagement with other institutions/organisations in carrying out medical research and teaching activities. The collaboration and partnership policy is intended to stimulate the establishment of more collaborations and partnerships.