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Training for co-operative students

- Institute signs MoUs

Jorhat, Feb. 25: The Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management in Sivasagar district will take its students to various institutes in India for hands-on training in a bid to expose them to practical management in different fields.

The eight-month-old university has signed MoUs with institutes in India like Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal, National Law University Delhi and Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

The vice-chancellor of the university, Rafiquz Zaman, said the first such 15-day training would begin at IIFM Bhopal from March 17 in which the students would be exposed to various aspects of forestry and their management.

“No other government educational institute in Assam can boast of such trips. Most of them only take them on excursions,” he said.

Collaboration with the National Law University would also lead to exchange of students and opportunities to host joint conferences, seminars and working papers. Likewise, the cost accountants institute would expose them to industry and business houses.

“In our university we do not have a number of courses. There is only one degree, which we offer — the BBA degree in co-operative. Our mentor is IIM Ahmedabad, which helped us develop the syllabus. Later we may have postgraduate certificate, diploma and degree courses,” Zaman said.

He said the course was specially designed to give students a deep understanding about the management of co-operatives and its working besides the usual papers taught in a business management course.

The vice-chancellor stressed that as co-operatives was a strategy, the course would provide hands-on learning experience to the students.

“Apart from these exposure trips, one trimester would be spent by the students in a co-operative society to learn its functionalities,” he said.

In February 2012, the UGC gave recognition to the university to award degrees under section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956.

The first batch of 32 students, including three from other states of India, started the first trimester from July 2013. The selection was made through an all-India examination held in May last year and followed by a personality test.

“Next year, we plan to take in as many as 120 students and have already equipped a classroom with seats,” he said.

The university, which runs from a makeshift building, has been allotted 83 acres of land at Joysagar in Sivasagar district and Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for development of infrastructure and other facilities.