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Canada and India are linked by a long history of people-to-people ties. Inter-institutional academic linkages were formalized with the founding of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) in 1968 by the Governments of India and Canada to facilitate academic and other exchanges between the two countries. According to SICI over 300 bilateral instruments of cooperation exist between institutions of higher learning in Canada and India. As well, through the former Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies program, a network of more than 25 Canadian Studies at Indian universities was established which continue to support our bilateral academic relations.

Canada and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in higher education cooperation in June 2010. The MOU encourages the continued development of cooperation between institutions of higher education, based on each country’s academic, scientific and educational needs. 

The number of Indian students choosing Canada as a study destination grew to 23,504 in 2011, representing an increase of more than 145% from 2009. This activity contributes to growing research collaboration and global diplomacy networks.

Indian students and researchers are eligible for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, as well as other federally funded awards; more information can be found at  


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