Koraput, Dec 3:
The Central University of Odisha (CUO), Koraput will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with University of Wananga, New Zealand to launch a Centre for Indigenous Studies in the Central University on Wwednesday.
A team comprising of Professor Graham Smith, vice-chancellor of University of Wananga and Melanie Chapman, International Coordinator and Perya Short, are on a two-day visit to CUO to initiate a collaborative programme with the University.
Stressing that Koraput is the suitable place in India to start a Centre for Indigenous studies due to its rich natural resources and potential for growth of indigenous culture, vice-chancellor of CUO Surabhi Banerjee said it will be a Centre with a difference, where interdisciplinary study can also be done.
Prof. Graham Smith said that the Central University is the suitable university for tribal development.
“As the University of Wananga is doing for Maori tribes in New Zealand, the CUO can also do a lot for the tribals of Koraput as well as of India. Teaching does not mean teaching the students mind only it is teaching mind, heart and nerves. It is important to develop the minds and hearts of the tribals also to develop them,” he said.
The signing of the MoU with the varsity will go beyond institutional relationship and seek to develop a personal relationship with the Indian people.