The Berhampur University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Groningen, Netherlands, for cooperation and exchange of fellows in research in areas of mutual academic interest.
University of Groningen has a department on comparative study of religion, focusing on Indian beliefs. The faculties of University of Groningen have shown interest in collaborative research studies with Berhampur University following the MoU.
As a first step, Peter Berger, Professor of Indian Religion and Anthropology of Religion, University of Groningen, plans to visit Berhampur University for research collaboration from December 2015 to February 2016, sources said.
"We have signed MoUs with different institutes in the country and abroad for collaborative research, exchange of faculty members, conducting seminars and workshops and above all, to expand academic interest areas," said Deepak Kumar Behera, vice-chancellor, BU. University of Groningen was the fifth foreign university to sign an MoU with BU, said director, international collaboration, BU, and professor in the department of marine sciences Pratap Kumar Mohanty.
The other foreign universities are Aarhus University, Denmark, University of Tubingen, Germany, University of Abomey, Benin and Walsh College, Michigan, USA. Berhampur University has also signed an MoU with the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. The university introduced three add-on courses in collaboration with NIRD, and rolled out the Spoken Tutorial Project with IIT Bombay.
Funded by National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) of the ministry of human resource development, the Spoken Tutorial Project aims to spread IT literacy across the country through software training, which is offered free of cost to the students.
The Software Training Programme will help students get better marks in exams, benefits in higher studies and will also increase scope of getting better jobs, said the VC. The students will receive the Spoken Tutorial project, IIT Bombay certificates, after completing their course.
A research fellows from Denmark has joined BU to conduct research on the folk culture of south Odisha after signing an MoU with Aarhus University. Roland Hardenberg of the department of social and cultural anthropology of University of Tubingen had visited BU and delivered talks after signing an MoU with the university, sources said.