UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy (3rd from left) meeting with UMass Amherst alumnus Harsh Singhania, CEO of the JK Group of Industries in India (2nd from left), and other industry and education leaders Feb. 10 in India. (Twitter photo)

AMHERST, Mass. — UMass-Amherst’s chancellor and other university officials have departed for a 12-day trip to India meant to strengthen the school’s existing partnerships in the Asian country and explore new ones.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and the delegation will meet with several Indian governmental, university and business leaders, as well as alumni and incoming students, from the New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru regions.

Planned highlights include a renewal of a memorandum of agreement with Maharshi Dayanand University in Haryana regarding academic and research collaboration; and a demonstration of prototype technology developed by a UMass engineering professor that removes difficult contaminants in drinking water.

The Indian American chancellor and members of the delegation will also meet with leaders of Reliance Industries, Ltd., a Fortune 500 company based in Mumbai, and the largest private sector corporation in India. (See earlier India-West story here:

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