Shivamogga: In order to provide an international platform to various universities of the State, we are undertaking a memorandum of understanding for research and education, said State Higher Education Minister De. C. N. Ashwath Narayan. This will provide global recognition to universities of the State, which is rich culturally as well as in the literary field.
He was speaking at the online programme held on Tuesday, February 22 at 8.00 pm wherein the Karnataka state Department of Higher Education, Kuvempu University and Athens State University, USA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake Academic Research Programme. Many talents that came out from universities in Karnataka have made their names in Silicon Valley of California, USA. Almost every company in the USA has deep ties with India. We aim to deepen these ties by introducing exchange programmes beginning at the educational level. The MoU signed between Athens State University, US and Kuvempu University is one of the first and the most important steps in this direction, and which would lead to the creation of Han resources, the Minister added.
On the occasion, Karnataka Higher Education Board Vice President Prof. Thimmegowda said that the State aims at developing skills, knowledge, and thought processes among youth and thus provide employable resources who will ace the professional field. This MoU will only encourage capability and multi-disciplinary activities among teachers and students, he added.
Athens University President Prof. Phillip Way said that through this MoU, we wish to popularise Kannada poet Kuvempu’s ideals and Indian research activities among US teachers and students. We are excited to learn new skills and knowledge through this exchange programme, he added.
Kuvempu University Vice-Chancellor Prof. B. P. Veerabhadrappa said that the exchange between faculty and students as well as degree programmes on special topics between both the institutes to undertake education and research activities that would be taken up as per agreement between Alabama’s Athens Varsity and Kuvempu Varsity will only give an opportunity to State and Kuvempu Varsity to become intellectual leaders.
The programme was attended by dignitaries and experts from all the three institutions that implemented the MoU signed to co-operate with each other on academic and research activities, stated a press release from the Kuvempu University.
Executive Director Prof. Gopalakrishna Joshi, Higher Education Council New Education Policy Workforce Vice President Dr Thandava Gowda, Registrar Anuradha G., Registrar (Evaluation) Prof. C. M. Thyagaraj, Alabama Senator Arthur Orr, Alabama Athens State Varsity Vice President Dr Catherine Wehlburg and other experts, as well as members, were present.