To establish a mutually beneficial relationship NEHU signs MoU with Gujarat University

Shillong, Nov 09: To establish a mutually beneficial relationship based on academic and scientific cooperation and to establish collaborative programs and other academic exchanges, North-Eastern Hill University signed MoU with Gujarat University.

NEHU and Gujarat University will be working with mutual collaboration to share each other’s strengths in academic programs and research through the facilities available in both the Universities.

The two Universities have agreed to establish a strong relationship of academic collaboration by undertaking joint responsibilities and activities in their respective fields of excellence, research, innovation, resources, knowledge and training and capacity building.

The MoU shall promote joint research and academic programs, organization of seminars, workshops, outreach programs, faculty exchanges, and joint supervision of research scholars. The MoU will also facilitate the faculties of both the universities in applying for National and International funding for research projects.

Both the Universities will also collaborate to exchange Honorary,  Adjunct Professorship or Visiting Fellow, Professor for mutual support to access the facilities available for academic program, research activities and outreach program.

While exchanging the MoU, it was decided that Indian Institute of Sustainability (IIS), Meghalaya will be established in Shillong jointly, where the Indian Institute of Sustainability(IIS), Gujarat and NEHU will be the main shareholders.

Under joint courses programmes, areas of Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Value Chain and Bamboo Technology will be core focus. Prof. Prabha Shankar Shukla, Vice-Chancellor of NEHU suggested that an International Cultural Exchange Programme where students of various countries can participate.

Prof. Himanshu Pandya, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University invited the Vice-Chancellor of NEHU to establish a Bamboo House in Gujarat University which would enable the research on Bamboo Technology.

In response to the invitation, Vice-Chancellor of NEHU invited Prof. Pandya, VC of Gujarat University to establish a Gujarat Bhawan in NEHU Campus. Gujarat University also appointed Prof. Prabha Shankar Shukla as distinguished Professor at Indian Institute Sustainability, Gujarat University.

The collaboration is first of its kind that a premier University of North-Eastern region has signed an MoU with a premier University of Western India. It is a classic case of North-east India meeting Western India, the two extreme ends of the country. Gujarat University is the largest university in the state catering to the needs of higher education of more than two lakh students scattered over 235 colleges, 15 recognised institutions and 24 approved institutions.

There are 34 Post-Graduate University departments and 221 P.G. Centres. Gujarat University is an affiliating University at the under-graduate level, while it is a teaching one at the post-graduate level. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Gujarat University 62nd overall in India and 43rd among universities in 2021.

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