Koraput, Dec 4:
The Central University of Odisha (CUO) today inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: Indigenous-University (University of Wananga), New Zealand for a collaborative programme on Indigenous Studies at Koraput.
The MoU was signed by CUO vice-chancellor Surabhi Banerjee and vice-chancellor of University of Wananga Professor Graham Smith.
The Central University serves a large, economically deprived tribal population and is one of the 12 central universities set up in 2009 to promote higher education in remote rural regions.
The new Centre for Indigenous Studies will support higher education, skills development and research into tribal issues such as preservation of cultural heritage, agricultural practices, ecology, customs, professions, traditional practices, health, indigenous knowledge and education.
An academic exchange programme will also be developed to include student and faculty exchanges aimed at broadening the intellectual horizons and experience of students and faculties from both countries, said Banerjee on the occasion.