Our collaborations in India

University of Liverpool has many active partnerships in India from major infection and global health collaborations through to cultural heritage including:

National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) 

A multidisciplinary Institute for patient care and academic research into mental health and neurosciences. It is an Institute of National Importance and one of India’s largest neurology centres.

A strategic partnership between University of Liverpool and NIMHANS was first established in 2012, with the Memorandum of Understanding extended for a further 5 years in 2017.

At Liverpool, the relationship is led by Professor Tom Solomon. In addition to an active dual PhD programme, joint workshops take place annually to agree priorities and explore new lines of research. University of Liverpool and NIMHANS have been awarded several Newton and GCRF grants.

Mysore School of Architecture (MSA) 

The Mysore School of Architecture (MSA) is the first stand-alone college of Architecture in Mysore City, running the flagship course of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), recognized by the Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi. The School started in 2014 by L.K. Memorial Charitable Trust, Mysore under the affiliation of the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum.

In March 2017a partnership was launched between the Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) and MSA through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the respective Heads of School, Prof Soumyen Bandyopadhyay and Prof D S Ramakrishna Rao.

Supported by internal, including ODA, funds as well as private funds from various Mysore-based stakeholders, the partnership has been nourished by building capacity in the field of heritage mapping, documentation and management, with a focus on Srirangapatna World Heritage Site, amongst undergraduate students as well as members of staff. Through fieldwork, workshops and collaborative research projects, a comprehensive inventory of the island’s heritage is currently being created, which will constitute a valuable evidence base for incorporation into future public policy towards integration of heritage protection and urban development.

With the aim to consolidate the partnership, in July 2018 ten undergraduate students and two members of staff from MSA will visit Liverpool and take part in a week-long design summer school at LSA, during which they will work on an urban regeneration project in the Baltic Triangle Area of Liverpool city centre.


Project SUMATRA is a University of Liverpool-lead project that aims to open up the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) based at the University of Liverpool to the rest of the world, through a Cloud platform. The project is OpenSource in nature, and thus, can be adopted by anyone. The project partners in India include Unilever India, IISC (Bangalore), ICT Mumbai, and IIT Madras, with the memorandum of understanding due to be in place fairly soon, with the participating partners. In the UK, the developments are supported by Microsoft UK and by the Unilever. Project SUMATRA is, at present, in its infant state and as such a prototype is currently being developed in the UK, with the support of Microsoft UK.

At Liverpool, the project and the relationship is led by Dr Jeyan Thiyagalingam. In addition to a fully funded PhD programme that is due to start in September, project SUMATRA is expected to bring mutual benefits across all partners.

For details or information about the University of Liverpools activities in India, please contact christine.bateman@liverpool.ac.uk