The University of Tokyo

The First Japan India Exchange Platform Program (JIEPP) Symposium

December 27, 2018

The First Japan India Exchange Platform Program (JIEPP) Symposium - Present and Future of Japan-India Exchange -Build up to the Platform Program- was held in the Ito Hall on Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Faculties, staff, students and members from the private sector involved in Japan-India collaborations, including members from UTokyo attended the symposium. Around 250 participants attended the symposium.


The symposium consisted of two parts. The theme for the first part was "Purpose and Perspective of the Japan India Exchange Platform Program" and the second part was the "Achievement and Future Perspective of the Inter-University Exchange Project (India)".

At the beginnings of Part 1, Prof. Masashi Haneda, Executive Vice President of UTokyo; Mr. Kasumi Shindo Director, Office for International Planning, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and Mr. Raj Kumar Srivastava, Chargé d'affaires a.i., Embassy of India, Japan gave short opening speeches. Prof. Naoto Sekimura, Vice President, of UTokyo then introduced the "Japan India Exchange Platform Program".

The keynote speech was given by Prof. Akio Tanabe of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, UTokyo on "History and Contemporary Significance of Japan-India Intellectual Exchange".


Poster session was also held during the lunch break. Universities selected for the Inter-University Exchange Project and other related organizations explained each of their activities.


Following lunch, lectures were given by Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean of International & Alumni Relations, IIT Madras and Mr. Tenpei Oda, Deputy General Manager, Indian High Speed Rail Division, International Affairs Headquarters, East Japan Railway Company. This was followed by a panel discussion on "Japan-India Government Academia Industry Collaboration and Development of Human Resource" with Associate Professor Kohei Nagai from the Institute of Industrial Science of UTokyo moderating the discussion with six panelists from various backgrounds.


The symposium was a great opportunity for the participants to share information and create new networks to further expand Japan-India collaborations.



Prof. Akio Tanabe, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, UTokyo



Panel Discussion