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Hope for BIT’s Canada MoU


A recent development has revived hopes of an MoU between BIT-Sindri and Canada’s University of Manitoba, which had been put on the back burner owing to Jharkhand government’s red tapism.

In a mail to additional chief secretary of Jharkhand science and technology department A.K. Pandey on May 3, Neil Dwivedi Pandit, president of the North America chapter of BIT-Sindri Alumni Association, has said Canadian authorities had clarified that the varsity was free to work with any institution it wishes to.

The authorities were responding to Pandey’s query whether the Canadian university had secured the sanction of its government with regard to the proposed MoU.

Pandit, a former Nasa scientist, also appealed to Pandey to expedite the MoU process. “We stand out to lose a wonderful opportunity for BIT-Sindri by further delay,” he said.

He also forwarded a mail by Canada MLA and BIT-Sindri alumnus Bidu Shekhar Jha in which Jha says international programme coordinator of the Canadian varsity Jean Paul Burak had asked him about the status of the MoU.

BIT-Sindri administration has, meanwhile, decided to approach Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) for an NoC needed to formalise the agreement with University of Manitoba.

BIT-Sindri sources said the state was largely responsible for the delay. “Instead of asking for an NoC from VBU, to which we are affiliated, the government could have given a go-ahead on its own,” said an official, requesting anonymity.