Three faculty members from Birla College of Arts, Science, and Commerce in Kalyan, India recently visited Clayton State University as part of a long-running faculty exchange program which fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and culture between the two universities.
A college within the University of Mumbai system, the largest higher education system in India, Birla College and Clayton State have participated in a faculty exchange Memorandum of Understanding since 2008, with numerous faculty from each institution visiting the other in a series of two-week-long exchanges.
The current exchange included Dr. Avinash Patil, vice principal and associate professor in the Birla Department of Botany, Dr. Ujwala Bapat, an analytical chemist and assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Suvarna Jadhav, an historian and assistant professor in the Department of History. The three professors arrived on Friday, Mar. 20 and visited Clayton State through Apr. 3.
The Birla visiting faculty gave lectures, observed Clayton State classrooms, and interacted with Clayton State students and faculty outside of the classroom. They also attended the Mar. 30 lecture by famed microbiologist Dr. Ronald Atlas, “From Bioremediation of oil spills to Bioterrorism: The magic of microbes!” as part of Clayton State’s Woods Distinguished Lecture Series, and toured both the National Archives at Atlanta and the Georgia Archives.
In addition, Patil and Dr. Jere Boudell, Clayton State professor of Biology who is also coordinating this faculty exchange, are developing a team taught Maymester course on traditional medicine and the identification and isolation of medicinal compounds in plants.