GUWAHATI, Aug 3 � The Assam government will try to put Cotton College on the global education map and as the first step in this direction, a team of the Columbia University headed by the Director of the Earth Institute of the University visited the college to discuss possible tie-ups.
Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told The Assam Tribune that today the first round of meeting between the Columbia University team and Cotton college teachers was held in the college premises and both the educational institutions would form a core group to carry forward the discussions.
The minister said that the Columbia University already has tie-ups with a few leading educational institutions of the country, including JJ College of Architecture and Birla Institute of Technology. The Columbia University also set up seven global schools, including one in Mumbai. Sarma revealed that in the days to come, the possibility of joint research projects by the Columbia University and Cotton College would be explored in the discussions in the days to come between the core group members and if possible degrees would be given jointly by both the institutions for such research projects. He said that the possibility of visits of teachers and students of both the institutions to each other's premises would also be explored, which would be of much help for the students of the State.
The Education Minister said that talks would be expedited after appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the Cotton University. The government is planning to appoint the Vice Chancellor of the new university by the end of September and the Prime Minister would be invited to inaugurate the university.