The Punjabi University, Patiala and the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) Canada, signed a MoU recently to promote scholarly activities and international understanding. The pact aims at recognizing the mutual benefits to be gained through a cooperative programme and global academic partnership.
Signed by Punjabi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. B S Ghuman, Dean, Academic Affairs, Dr Inderjeet Singh, Director, International Students, Professor Lakhwinder Singh, UFV’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jackie Hogan and Director of South Asian Studies Institute, Professor Satwinder Bains the MoU stands valid for three years.
As per the MoU, it also looks forward for integration between the two institutes so as to meet the needs for cultivating international professionals. It further says that “the societies getting marked by all sorts of complexity, diversity and interconnectedness, require the students to be internationally and inter-culturally competent to live and work effectively and taking mutual advantage of education resources, providing for development and expansion of education markets.”
Both the institutions shall also facilitate the academic calendar activities like seminars, conferences, conferences or lectures; faculty visits; students exchange programmes; exchange of publications and materials of common interest; and exploration of common research interests.
The collaboration shall also be on the areas of summer intensive Punjabi language religion and diaspora programmes with cultural studies curriculum development. A development of an examination centre for the local Canadian students following the online system is also on the cards.
The Canadian delegation demanded the facility of certification of courses relating to studies in Punjabi language, art and culture till the postgraduate level to which Prof Ghuman agreed. The suggestion to develop a network between UFV, Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab University, Chandigarh was also brought forward to maximize the efforts.