BHUBANESWAR: Utkal University, a premier university of the state, is planning to collaborate with Maldives National University of Maldives and Tribhuvan University of Nepal for teacher and student exchange programme and sharing of research expertise in the field of management and industrial relations studies.
Utkal University vice-chancellor Soumendra Mohan Patnaik said this here on Saturday while attending a two-day international seminar on ‘Employee Relations: Today and Tomorrow’ organised by the department of personnel management and industrial relations (PMIR) of the university.
He said the proposal is in a nascent stage. “We will discuss with the university authorities of the two premier universities of the respective countries. After getting the green signal from them, we will go ahead with the proposal,” he added.
Patnaik said the university has decided to open an international office in the campus premises to look after student and faculty exchange programmes and other inter-university research programmes involving foreign student and faculties. “This office will connect with the foreign universities for the exchange programmes,” he added.
As the University Grants Commission (UGC) has granted autonomy to the university on March 20 this year, the institute can take some new initiatives, including this one, for the growth of the institution. “They can even hire foreign faculty, enrol foreign students, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes,” said Patnaik.
Santosh Kumar Tripathy, professor of PMIR department, said authorities of the business schools of the two foreign universities have come to Utkal University to attend the international seminar. “We have discussed the exchange programme with them. We want to create a good relation and collaboration with the universities of SAARC countries. We will officially start the process after working on it,” he added.
Maldives National University’s business school dean Abdul Rahman Mubaarique said his department has some plans to collaborate with the Utkal University to start student and teacher exchange programme.
Radheshyam Pradhan, the management professor at Tribhuvan University, said they want to explore the research collaboration with the Utkal University.
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