Bhubaneswar, Dec. 18: Come 2013, a team of researchers and students from Indigenous University of New Zealand will arrive in Koraput district to study the culture and customs of the region and adjoining tribal areas.
The foreign varsity has entered into a collaboration with Central University of Odisha at Koraput to launch a centre for indigenous studies. A formal agreement in this regard will be signed in January 2013.
The centre would aim to gain a wider perspective of the local indigenous groups and their social, economic and political set-up, vice-chancellor of the university Surabhi Banerjee told The Telegraph.
Banerjee said the focus would be on research and documentation on the preservation of tribal languages and other anthropological dimensions. “Faculty and student exchange programmes between the two varsities will be an important feature of this collaboration,” she said.
The ministry of human resource development has also selected the university for the prestigious tribal studies chair. It is among five renowned universities in the country to be selected for this honour.
Apart from the New Zealand-based institution, the varsity has also signed MoUs with Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, for collaborative programmes in nursing and community health and the Narayan Hrudayalaya — a reputed multi-specialty hospital chain in Bangalore — for vocational development programmes in medical industry specific areas.
It is also gearing up to launch a school of health sciences from the next academic session. For this purpose, it has signed an agreement with the Public Health Foundation of India for collaboration in teaching and research.
The varsity is also in discussion with the district hospital of Koraput for collaborative programmes in health sciences and allied programmes in the state.
Talking about the construction status of the Koraput varsity, the vice-chancellor said the guesthouse building had been over. “The other buildings are in various stages of completion,” she said.