The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Andhra Pradesh is collaborating with neighbouring State government-funded universities to form a regional educational cluster group covering east and west Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. The initiative has been taken to promote research-based local community service projects, in line with the vision of National Educational Policy (NEP) 2020.
The institute signed a MoU on November 27, 2021, entering into an inter-institutional collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Kakinada, Dr. Y.S.R. Horticulture University, Tadepalligudem and Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry.
The agreements were signed by C.S.P. Rao, director, NIT Andhra Pradesh, GV.R. Prasada Raju, vice-chancellor, JNTU Kakinada, T. Janakiram, vice-chancellor, Dr. Y.S.R. Horticulture University, and M. Jagannadha Rao, vice-chancellor, Adikavi Nannaya University.
Highlighting the unique aspects of this inter-institutional collaborations, chief guest of the event, Hemachandra Reddy, chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, said, “As per the recommendations of the AP Higher Education Planning Board, this regional cluster group is requested to study the potential areas for inter-institutional collaborations among the Central and State universities in the districts and mapped to collaborate in the areas of academic programmes, faculty exchange, student exchange, common research projects, community service projects, sharing of infrastructural and research resources, among others. We are expecting to create a new knowledge forum as an outcome of this collaborative activity for universal needs.”
Highlighting benefits of the MoU, Rao said, “The collaboration will benefit all higher educational institutions in this Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh. We have talented faculty, highly motivated students and good collaborative partners. The kind of benefit we are looking for is the creation of a new knowledge and learning platform to collaborate for executing local community service-based research projects.”
“The higher educational institutes should focus on available resources and expertise at their respective places and generate funds through consultancy services for transforming as self-sustainable campuses in all aspects. Innovation based startups will be the future of student activities in the campus,” he further added.
The major outcomes envisaged from these collaborations include:
⦁ All parties will encourage mentorship and co-operation between their faculty, administrative staff, department and research extension centres.
⦁ Joint research and continuing education activities and guidance of student projects/thesis on mutually agreeable terms.
⦁ Facilitating student and faculty exchange programmes, training and development activities on best practices in academics and research.
⦁ Share the research and related infrastructure on mutually agreeable terms.
⦁ Shall design and implement joint academic programs at UG and PG level in their institutes.
⦁ Provide support and/or jointly conduct seminars, training workshops, conferences, publications and other such activities.