President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Moscow on 7 May 2015, for a four-day official visit primarily to attend the commemoration of victory day for World War 2, and to meet with President Putin. The visit also aimed at restoring education ties between the next generation of young Russians and Indians.
Eight MoUs were signed between Indian institutes and Russian Universities, with a high- power delegation of higher education officials travelling with the President. Among them were directors of IIT Delhi, Mumbai and Madras, the Indian Statistical Institute, the Institute of Engineers, as well as the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University.
The MoUs were signed on the historic Moscow State University campus that dates back to 1755.
Russian education officials said the key is to encourage students and universities to collaborate on research rather than only come as students, as both India and Russia are known for their high standard of innovation, particularly in the IITs.
On 11 May, President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a festival of Indian culture ‘Namaste Russia’ in Moscow.