Development Assistance Engineering; School of Technology and Society,
Postal address: Biståndsingenjörsprogrammet,
Institutionen Teknik och Samhälle, Högskolan i Skövde,
Box 408, SE-541 28 Skövde, Sweden Visiting address: Högskolevägen, Skövde Web page:www.his.se/bisp
the University of Skövde, established 1977, research is generally
focused on developing advanced information technology systems and models,
where the human being's qualifications and needs are important. Collaboration
with India is taking place within the former Department of Engineering
Science, now integrated into the School of Technology and Society.
The programme for Development Assistance Engineering is
the only one of its kind in the Nordic countries. It consists of Mechanical
Engineering education, combined with courses focused on international
work i.e. Foreign Languages, Intercultural studies, Development Assistance
projects, Project Management, Business Administration for Development
Assistance, Emergency Medicine and Health in Developing Countries, Personal
Safety and Rescue Services, Psychology of Crises and Catastrophes, International
Law and International Private Law.
The studies can partly be located abroad, and the final project is carried
out in a developing country. In January 2004 final projects were carried
out in Tanzania and in India (students from Skövde taking water
samples for testing at a well in Maharashtra on the photo above).
The programme has developed cooperation with the Swedish University of
Agricultural Sciences and with universities in Europe, Mexico, China and
Connection to South Asia:
January 2004 the School of Technology and Society signed a formal agreement
on collaboration with Pravara Rural Engineering
College Loni, Maharashtra, India, and in April 2004 the department
was given a Linnaeus Palme grant to evolve
an exchange programme for students and teachers.
The funds were used to support two students from the department in Skövde,
Ulrick Engerström and
Michael Norrlöf (photo to the right),
to write their theses in India.
The collaboration was based upon long-standing development
assistance work carried out in Loni, 300 km east of Mumbai, by the Pravara
Rural Education Society established in 1964 by Late Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao
Vikhe Patil. His descendant, microbiologist Ashok
Patil has a family connection to Sweden and stays part of the year
in Skara. Now being the president of the International Association of
Agromedicine and Rural Health, an NGO working with rural development and
popular mobilisation in the Pravara region he is the key figure behind
the collaboration between Skövde and Loni.
Two representatives from Pravara Rural Engineering College,
Loni – the principal, Dr Dhirendra Shukla,
and Asst. Professor Unde Anna Patilba –
visited Sweden in September–October 2004. Besides visiting various
departments at Skövde University they also went to Kristianstad University.
From 2005 the focus for Skövde University’s
collaboration with Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences turned into
biotechnology, biomedicine, molecular biology and genetic engineering,
and a mahjor Sida funded project titeld ”Developing
a multi-sectoral approach model to sustainable health and development
through institutional collaboration between India and Sweden”.
Associate Professor Kjell
Ove Holmström, teaching Molecular Biotechnology at the School of Life Sciences, became the new contact person at Skövde University. More information.