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Varsity to join space circuit
- NBU seals deal with Visva Bharati today

Siliguri, March 10: North Bengal University will soon join hands with Bose Institute in Calcutta in a nationwide project on astrophysics and space science.

Following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed between the two institutions on March 16, the varsity will begin work on cosmic ray and high-energy physics, among others.

'Our university is one of the several institutions in the country and abroad that Bose Institute, a research laboratory of national importance, has tied up with for its project,' said NBU vice-chancellor P.K. Saha. 'As soon as the MoU is signed, we will start research at our Centre for High Energy and Cosmic Ray.'

Calcutta University and Jadavpur University are also taking part in the study.

Elaborating on the project, the NBU registrar, T.K. Chatterjee, said: 'It is a Rs 5-crore project backed by the department of science and technology of the central government and is being executed by the Bose Institute's Centre for Astrophysics and Space Science.'

Climatology, meteorology, distribution of cosmic rays and high-altitude physics are some of the aspects that the study will include. 'Jagadish Chandra Bose's ancestral home in Darjeeling has been renovated to set up a state-of-the-art laboratory. Another centre is being set up at Sandakphu to study high-altitude physics,' Chatterjee added.

Tomorrow, the NBU will sign the MoU with Visva Bharati University, which, the academicians hope, will improve the standard of education. 'Visva Bharati is one of the most reputed universities in the world. While the tie-up will encourage academic exchange, researchers in the two varsities are expected to utilise each other's expertise,' Chatterjee said.

The two-day 18th biennial conference of the West Bengal University Officers' Association began at the NBU today. Best Practices in Higher Education, a workshop held at the meet, had delegates from across the state.

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