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PM Modi's Bhutan visit: Royal University of Bhutan inks MoU with NIT Silchar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on 2 day visit to the Himalayan neighbour, Bhutan, on Saturday held a wide range of talks with his Bhutanese counterpart to take the bilateral relationships to new heights and expand its partnerships across several sectors.

PM Modi’s Bhutan trip is also the first after his majestic victory in 2019 election and highlights the India’s ‘Neighbourhood first’ policy.

During the meeting, the two countries today discussed on wide bilateral topics and later inked 10 Memoranda of Undertakings (MoUs). Out of the10, four were STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused and were signed between Royal University of Bhutan and IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur and NIT Silchar separately. The MoUs were aimed to cater the requirements of today’s education and changing technology.

“The collaboration between Royal Bhutan University and IITs of India and some other top educational institutions are in line with today’s requirements for education and technology” Prime Minister Modi said while speaking to the press at Bhutan.

Meanwhile here, reacting to the development and expressing his happiness, Director of NIT Silchar Prof. Sivaji Bandyopadhyay in his official Facebook page wrote “I am honored to share that, during the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Bhutan on August 17, a MoU has been inked between NIT Silchar and the Royal University of Bhutan. Our academic exchanges will be strengthened to enhance collaboration in emerging areas of technology with joint research initiatives, short and medium term faculty visits, hosting Bhutanese students at all levels of education and developing customized training modules for Bhutanese lecturers and other joint endeavors”

He added “We are delighted to be the only Institution in Eastern and North Eastern India to be a part of the vision for a collaborative and prosperous neighborhood of India. We shall provide the best academic environment for our friends from Bhutan to ensure that our shared prosperity is achieved through knowledge and innovation.”

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