Itanagar, July 21: To boost educational exchange programme with the foreign nation, Arunachal University of Studies (AUS), Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh inked an Agreement of Cooperation with Chiang Mai University (CMU) of Thailand.
To promote scientific relations through economic collaborations between the two institutions and to establish effective academic relations the agreement was signed by Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein in Thailand at the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies. The agreement is signed for an initial period of five years term which shall be extended from time to time.
Both the universities have agreed to promote and develop academic collaboration by exchange of staff members, under graduate and graduate students, staff development, exchanging professorship and scientific visits, execution of joint research projects, provision of lectures, seminars and conferences, through exchange of data, documents, research materials and academic information and by such other mutually beneficial projects from time to time.
Chowna Mein termed the signing of Agreement as ‘noble venture’ and said, “it is a very good beginning and it would open a gateway for building diplomatic relations between Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand in educational, cultural and health sectors too”. “It would bridge the academic relations between Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand which has got lots of similarities in terms of religion, culture and language”, he added.
The Minister informed that the agreement will offer a large scope for building relations through eco-tourism, cultural tourism, religious tourism and also for the exchange of trade and other economic activities in future not only with Thailand but with other ASEAN countries too.
Mein further asserted that there is growing to emphasise of the Government of India to build relations with the ASEAN countries through its Act East Policy by linking connectivity with the North Eastern States which would promote more such academic and cultural exchange programs and foster economic development in the region.
The Minister hopes that the agreement would help to establish a long term friendship between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand.
The theme for the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies was ‘Globalised Thailand: Connectivity, Conflict and Conundrums of Thai Studies’ reflecting the current social transformation and predicaments in Thai Society. The conference was held between July 15 and July 18.
The delegates from Arunachal Pradesh presented papers on “Socio-Cultural Factors and Attitudes Affecting the Health Status of Tai-Khamti Community: A Study of Tai-Khamti Community in Namsai District of Arunachal Pradesh, India” at the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies.