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State govt inks pact with Aussie varsity

By STAFF Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 16 � The State Government has entered into a collaborative partnership agreement with Curtin University, Australia in an attempt to improve higher education in the state, particularly in the areas of technical education and research, official sources said here.

Under the partnership, Curtin University will work collaboratively with the Department of Education and Assam Science and Technology University in developing and implementing world class Washington Accord accredited programmes to improve the level of technology, education and research in the state.

Chairing a meeting held at his Koinadhara official residence here this morning, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi assured all possible support and cooperation from the State Government to Curtin University to carry forward the collaborative and comprehensive studies in the state's technical education and research sector.

He also advised the Education Department to leave no stone unturned to extend the parameters of the agreement in the areas of gap analysis, curriculum and other services to facilitate paradigm shift in the higher education sector. He also asked to incorporate agriculture and other natural resources within the ambit of the study to ensure the state's effort for sustainable development.

State Education, Pension and Public Grievances Minister Sarat Barkotoky, Additional Chief Secretary, Administrative Reforms & Training, Information Technology and Education Department Rajiv Kumar Bora, Vice-Chancellor of Assam Science and Technology University Dr Pradyut Kumar Goswami, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University Professor Andris Tales Stelbovis, among others, were present at the meeting.

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