Dhanbad: BIT-Sindri and Denmark's Aarhus University on Sunday inked a deal to boost academic ties, promote innovation, introduce joint programmes and launch start-ups.
"My dream is to make BIT-Sindri the No. 1 institution of the world and I am fully committed to it," said Ramji Prasad, professor, business development of technology of Aarhus University, Denmark's largest and second-oldest varsity.
"Visiting the campus after 50 long years made me emotional. I could not really believe that I was standing on the campus where I studied so many years ago. It was nostalgia all around," said Prasad.
"According to the MoU, we would have student and staff exchanges besides introducing joint masters and PhD programmes," Prasad said.
Prasad, fellow of a host of institutions including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the US, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, India, Institution of Engineering and Technology, the UK, Netherlands Electronics and Radio Society and Danish Engineering Society, said they would help Sindri teachers to complete their PhDs on a part-time basis.
The deal, which was signed during the second half of the BIT-Sindri Alumni Association Global Annual Alumni Meet, was attended by more than 600 former students from across 26 national and international chapters.
Anil Singh, the vice-president of North America Chapter of BIT-Sindri Alumni Association who arrived here on Saturday from Los Angeles said, "the institution has a very good future under the able leadership of director Dharmendra Kumar Singh, a 1988 batch alumnus."
"We would request the state government to make it an autonomous institution so that it could launch its own courses and did not have to depend on the state government for every decision," Singh said and added that a lot of development work was in the pipeline.
On the first day of the alumni meet on Saturday, three events were held. While 130 past students of the 1967-1971 batch celebrated 50 years of their campus debut, another 147 of the 1973-1977 batch came together to relive 40 years of graduation. The third group of 125 ex-students of 1988-1992 batch celebrated 25 years of passing out.