GUWAHATI, Sept 13 - The Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) and Gauhati University (GU) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaborative research programmes leading to Ph D degree in the fields of �Genesis of the Alkaline Complexes of North East India� and �Disaster Management Studies in North East India�, said a press release here.
The GU team consisting of its Vice Chancellor Prof Pratap Jyoti Handique; Prof Dilip Kakati, dean, faculty of science and Prof Parag Phukan, head, Department of Geological Sciences and other faculty members had a kick-off meeting today with the GSITI team comprising Chandra Venkateswara Rao, DDG, GSITI and head, M-V, Hyderabad; Dr Taraknath Pal, Director TC and Dr Bashab N Mahanta, Superintending Geologist, RTD, NER, Shillong.
The meeting was held for formulating the research proposals on ultramafic-alkaline complexes of North East India and disaster management studies in North East India for taking up the first phase of research programmes at GU. This is the second instance in India, wherein GSI, an attached office to Ministry of Mines, Government of India, has entered into an MoU with an academic institution for collaborative PhD programme after IIT-Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
During the interactions, the GU Vice Chancellor laid emphasis on the importance of this collaborative research which he said, would benefit the north-eastern region of the country.
Both the teams also had discussions on training and capacity building of the GU faculty, research scholars and students in the fields of geological mapping, mineral exploration, engineering geology, earthquake geology, etc.
On his part, GSITI�s Rao also extended an invitation to the GU faculty and research scholars to avail the training facilities of GSI Training Institute.