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Association formed for Educational Collaboration with South East Asian Countries

Mr C K Das, Secretary of the National Council of Science Museums and Mr Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor USTM signed MoU on 23 December 2019 at USTM

9th Mile, Khanapara, Ri Bhi, 23rd December 2019: With its prime objective of creating a culture of science and technology through promotion of scientific temper mainly among children of the rural areas of the North East, the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) here today. The pact was inked by Mahbubul Hoque, the Chancellor of USTM and Mr C K Das, Secretary, NCSM, Kolkata. NCSM is an autonomous scientific organization under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The ceremony was graced by Dr Mridul Hazarika, Principal Advisor, USTM, Dr PK Goswami, Vice Chancellor, Dr BK Das, Director Administration of USTM, Mr Basudev Mandal, Project Coordinator, Regional Science Centre, apart from others.

Addressing a learned gathering in the MoU signing ceremony, Mr C K Das, Secretary of the National Council of Science Museums said, “We are really glad to sign an agreement with a science and technology university because we believe that this will actually help in the spread of science among the children of the region. Our main objective is popularization of science among all the children to create future scientists.” He also said that there will be a North East level science convention in order to create awareness about science among the children.

Speaking on the occasion USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque said, “Being a science and technology institution, it is our duty to take active steps for the promotion of science among the children and youth of the region. We hope that our collaboration with NCSM will help to create awareness and a competitive culture among the children in the area of science and technology.”

Dr Mridul Hazarika said, “Science is a way of thinking, much more than a body of knowledge. In this regard, we come closure to institutions like Science Museums. Today’s MoU will encourage to take on new concepts of science for its popularity in the region.”

Mr Basudev Mandal from NCSM said that the agreement creates a win-win situation for mutual exchange of expert opinion and with a framework for collaboration under various development programs. As per the MoU, both the institutions will jointly organize Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, Talent Fests, and Science Exhibitions etc to promote science among the students. Moreover, rallies and awareness campaigns would be organized to promote and inculcate science education. The two institutions will share resources for organizing various activities and will jointly publish papers and journals, celebrate important occasions and jointly carry out outreach activities time to time.

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