JORABAT, Sept 28 - The Asam Sahitya Sabha signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) here today with the objective of working together in the fields of literature, culture, heritage, diversity and ethnicity in the north-eastern region and carrying out documentation and research work on indigenous languages.
The MoU was signed by Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, president of Sahitya Sabha and Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM. A host of literary and academic personalities, including former Sahitya Sabha president Dr Dhruba Jyoti Borah, former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Prof Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, former Governor of Meghalaya RS Mooshahary and prominent litterateurs and members of the Sabha as well as academicians from USTM were present on the occasion.
Signing the MoU, USTM Chancellor Hoque said the university has a social commitment and is keen to work for establishing harmony, brotherhood and integrity among different sections of society. �We are determined to contribute to the language and culture of the region and want to offer fellowships to do research work on 20 former presidents of Asam Sahitya Sabha. The MoU with Assam�s largest and oldest socio-literary organisation will pave the path to reach our objectives which will further nurture unity in diversity of the north-eastern states, especially Assam and Meghalaya�, he said.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Rajbongshi said that by contributing to the protection of language and culture, USTM can assume a significant place among the universities of the world. He also said that Assam needs a language policy and support of the government for the intellectual development of the region is very important.
As per the MoU, the Sabha and USTM will jointly organise workshops, seminars, symposia on language, literature and culture on mutual consultation and will honour literary stalwarts and achievers from time to time to encourage and inculcate literary culture among the future generations.