GUWAHATI, Feb 6 � Kaziranga University and the University of Plymouth, UK, today signed an MoU aimed at facilitating research and academic collaboration.
Kaziranga University which is the State�s third private university will start its classes from July 1. Initially, it will have classes in the disciplines of engineering and management.�
Following the MoU signing ceremony at the State Secretariat, Bill Rammell, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Plymouth, told The Assam Tribune that academics apart, areas such as the environment and health held a lot of potential for enhanced collaborative ventures between the two institutions.
�We feel that resource management could be a major area for collaborative research between the two universities. We can work together in fields such as the environment and health, effecting engineering and innovative solutions which can impact people�s socio-economic lives,� Rammell said.
Asserting that there was an inherent link between higher education and economic growth, Rammell � who was former Minister of State for Further and Higher Education, and Minister of State at the Foreign Office in the UK � said that it was �vital that universities deliver innovative, enterprising �can do� education to produce the kind of graduates who will thrive in the global market.� Rammell also said that exchange programmes between the two varsities were another priority area.�
Prof Vilash M Salokhe, Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University, said that the institute would have world-class infrastructure, and that the students would get the best possible placements � many of which would be abroad.
�Our thrust is on participatory learning rather than the conventional academic agenda. Our students will get lots of exposures outside the classroom. The agreement has opened the doors for the sharing of learning resources and faculty resources with long-term implications in terms of placements of Indian students in international markets. This will help students from the entire North-east to avail the programmes of the UK�s university and pave way for development, research collaborations, and faculty and student exchange programmes,� Salokhe said.
The university will operate from an area of 50 acres in Jorhat district. It will have a student intake capacity of 50 in each of the disciplines. The MoU was signed by Rammell and Basant Khetan, secretary of Kaziranga University in presence of HK Sarma, Commissioner and Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Assam�at the State Secretariat.