Chiang Mai (Thailand)
With an effort to impart world-class quality education to the student of the region, the delegation from one of the best emerging university of the North East India, Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai led by Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein had agreed for another educational exchange programme with the oldest Agriculture University of Thailand, Maejo University located at Sansai District, Chiang Mai in Thailand today.
In a meeting at Maejo University, the heads of both the universities had mutually agreed for Joint Curriculum Programme where students of both the Universities will be permitted vertical mobility to pursue the programme in one of the institutions, Joint Research of Rice, Fisheries and Medicinal Plants. The universities also agreed upon improvement of curriculum and internship exchange programme in various Masters Degree offered by Arunachal University of Studies in the field of Entomology, Agronomy, Olieri culture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science under Agriculture Sciences as Maejo University is internationally recognised as the leading University of agriculture excellence and specialised in agriculture innovations in Thailand.
Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein in his speech said, “Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand need more coordination in the field of Education and Agriculture”. He said that Arunachal Pradesh has vast land bank and tremendous scope for development in agriculture and allied sectors. By agreeing into area of cooperation between the two universities, our students can come and learnt innovative ways of agricultural methods adopted by the people of Thailand.
Lauding the efforts put in by the Vice Chancellor of Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai in this direction, Mein termed it as the most appropriate action taken by the VC of AUS, Namsai. He said that just signing an MoU will not serve the purpose but there should be serious follow up action and tangible results should be visible from such mutual agreement.
Dr Ashwani Lochan, President, Arunachal University of Studies in his speech said that such collaboration and cooperation between the two universities would greatly benefit student community and faculty members from both the countries. With such mutual agreement, both India and Thailand can interchange education and technology, he added. And India being an agricultural based country with majority of its population as their mainstay of economy; it can import improved technology in the field of agriculture and fishery from Thailand. For Thailand, it is an opportunity to enter into Indian Market by using Arunachal Pradesh and North East India as the gateway to India. With the probable restoration of Old Silk Route and improved connectivity, both India and Thailand can increase their cultural and trade ties by this way.
Dr Kodchapom Siripoleakit, Vice-President of Maejo University in his speech said that she is looking forward for mutual agreement on academic exchange programme on arrival of President of the University who is currently in a tour programme.
Thanapat Choompolsil, Vice-Presdient of Human Resource & Administration, Unimit Engineering Public Company Limited, Thailand, Prof V K Kawatra, Vice-Chancellor of Arunachal University of Studies, Himanshu Panchal, Joint Registrar, AUS Namsai and various Head of Departments of Maejo University, Chiang Mai were also present on the occasion.
The delegations also visited school of renewable energy, Orchid Research & Development Centre and Farm, etc of the Maejo University.