RGU and IHD sign MoU for research collaborations

RONO HILLS, May 21: The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), which recently awarded grade-A by NAAC, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with New Delhi-based Institute for Human Development (IHD) for academic and research collaborations.

The MoU, signed by finance officer-cum-registrar in-charge Prof. Otem Padung and IHD director signed on behalf of RGU and IHD director  Prof. Alakh N Sharma virtually on Tuesday, was exchanged in presence of vice chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha.

The RGU, being a central varsity has many important and relevant departments of studies, specially a vibrant centre for development studies (CDS) in economics department, could serve as a platform for academic interaction in human development studies, the VC said.

Its faculty and local resources would definitely push boundaries of knowledge and understanding to help strategic planning for future development through this MOU, besides facilitate visits of research scholars and faculty members to enable learning through academic interactions and programmes besides joint research and publication, he said.

Both organizations would evolve implementation strategies and time bound action plans for desired goals of the MoU, he added.

The MoU would strengthen academic and research of both organizations, particularly in view of the GoI’s target to empower NE people through education Prof. Otem Padung said, adding it would

pave the way for undertaking of joint research in labour markets, employment, skill development, poverty, livelihoods, health, education, social development, marginalized social groups, women’s empowerment, planning and governance for balanced and inclusive development.

Such association will benefit both in academic exchange of ideas, people and outreach through joint trainings for researchers, social sciences dean Prof. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri said that

While narrating MoU scope and modalities earlier, joint registrar (exams & project) Dr. David Pertin said it would be for five years, but subject to renewal and enlisted the thrust areas.

Economics department CDS coordinator Prof. Vandana Upadhyay termed it a welcoming step which would be mutually beneficial while HoD Prof. SK Nayak hoped that IHD and RGU having long experience would bring out desired results.

Prof. Sharma hoped that the collaboration would significantly contribute for research and studies on employment, gender, human development issues and give  opportunities to connect with wider networks of scholars even in  abroad. IHD CEO of Priyanka Tyagi also spoke, according to a RGU release.


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