PATIALA: Recognising the mutual benefits to be gained through a cooperative programme promoting scholarly activities and international understanding, Punjabi University, Patiala and the University of Fraser Valley (UFV), Canada, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here on Friday.

The MoU shall be valid for three years from today but could be renewed or extended by mutual written consent and amounts to terminate or supersede any existing or continuing MoUs between the two institutes.

The MoU was signed by Punjabi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof BS 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, inter alia, aims at “global academic partnership and integration between the two institutes to meet the needs for cultivating international professionals.” The MoU further reads that “the societies getting marked by all sorts of complexity, diversity and interconnectedness, require the students to be internationally and interculturally competent to live and work effectively and taking mutual advantage of education resources, providing for development and expansion of education markets.”

The MoU will also facilitate holding of cooperative academic 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 other potential areas will include collaboration on the development of an examination centre for local Canadian students following the online system and summer intensive Punjabi language, religion and Diaspora programmes and cultural studies curriculum development.

Professor Ghuman agreed to provide the facility of certification of courses relating to studies in Punjabi language, art and culture even at the postgraduate level as demanded by the Canadian delegation. He also suggested developing of a network between UFV, Punjabi University, Patiala and Panjab University, Chandigarh to working in synergetic way instead of doing the things isolation to maximize the benefits.

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