NEHU signs agreements with nine universities, institutes and start-ups

North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) today signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with nine organisations, including universities, research and higher education institutes and start-up companies to strengthen the activities of research at NEHU.

NEHU has signed the MoUs with various reputable organizations including CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow; CSIR-Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Lucknow; GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar; Cool Sawaiom, Shillong; TURBIT, Shillong; National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), New Delhi; JDBP Agri International Pvt Ltd, Meerut; Regional Center for Biotechnology, DBT, Faridabad; and Golden Signatures Research and Consulting, Delhi.

The MoU signing ceremony was graced by the Governor of Meghalaya, Satya Pal Malik, who is also the Rector-in-Chief of the university. The event saw the celebration of Teachers’ Day and the signing of MoUs.

In his speech, Malik said that at present, research is the key to solving many problems and moving towards one of the self-sufficient nations. However, due to a lack of collaborations, growth is not observed.

Citing the example of the University of Patna which used to be called the Oxford of the East, the Governor said that the quality of research has declined in Indian institutes and universities, which is evident from the fact that only ten twelve Nobel laureates are Indians, half of which are foreign citizens and a few are Indians but were born abroad like Mother Teresa who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malik also pointed out that the government should work to invest more in education and that any education bill is passed in parliament without any debate which is a shame as education builds the next generation and the nation.

Citing the example of Britain, the Governor said the British government never cuts the education budget and India should do the same.

NEHU Vice Chancellor Prof. Prabha Shankar Shukla said in his speech that this was indeed a momentous event in which NEHU begins collaborations with nine organizations that will be remembered for times to come. . The Vice-Chancellor also said that the MoUs will provide NEHU and participating institutes and industries with ample scope to collaborate in cutting-edge technologies to bring about change in academia and science. way of doing research.

“The signing of the Memoranda of Understanding and Exchange Agreements between our two institutions today symbolizes a partnership that we believe will lead to many new joint research initiatives that produce new synergies and add academic value to both at NEHU and all these other prestigious universities, institutes and industries,” Professor Shukla said.

He urged that the MoUs focus on key areas of cooperation such as academic, scientific and university-industry-business cooperation between NEHU and these institutions, universities and industries in terms of collaborative programs and other academic exchanges.

The Vice Chancellor, addressing the audience, mentioned the importance of the National Education Policy 2020 in working with different organizations for collaborative work. He also underlined on the point that in order to intensify our innovation, technology and research collaboration with other universities, institutes and industries, NEHU has attracted to the university institutions and universities from nationally and internationally renowned R&D, which has been evident in the past six months with the visit of foreign delegates and officials to the NEHU campus paving the way for collaborations.

Representatives of the nine organizations were present. In his speech, Professor Anand S. Dixit, Chairman of the Memorandum of Understanding Committee, gave an overview of the different organizations with which NEHU engages in collaboration.

Professor Dixit also mentioned the various aspects of the MoUs signed, which included research collaborations ranging from biotechnology, environmental sciences, pharmacology, genetics, plant breeding, agricultural sciences , plant conservation, agro-technology, food, medicine, chemistry, computational and regulatory toxicology. with health toxicology assessments to industry collaborations such as entrepreneurship activities, hands-on skills training courses for students aspiring to become entrepreneurs, technology and innovation sharing and demonstration for the socio-economic benefit to the people of North East India, training students by providing internship opportunities under SAHAKAR MITRA – The NCDC Program on Internship Program (SIP) among students, faculty and the personal.

He also mentioned that earlier this year, NEHU signed MoUs with Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Regional Training Institute, Shillong, Center for Adivasi Research and Development, Bhubaneshwar, CV Laser Pvt. Ltd, Australia.