Arunachal Pradesh, British Council sign MoU for cultural, educational cooperation

Oct 29, 2018 11:42 IST
Arunachal Pradesh, British Council sign MoU for cultural, educational cooperation

The state government of Arunachal Pradesh on October 27, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, in order to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of the state.

The agreement aims to enhance the opportunities for the youth of Arunachal Pradesh and connect them to international expertise and ideas. It was signed by Tayek Talom, Director of Higher and Technical Education of Arunachal Pradesh and Alan Gemmell, Director of British Council India, on the sidelines of the Tawang Festival. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was also present on the occasion.

Significance

The agreement celebrates the British Council’s 70th anniversary in India and seeks to strengthen the relationship for the next 70 years.

It also celebrates the rich cultural connections that Arunachal Pradesh has had with the UK.

Key Provisions

As per the provisions of the MoU, as many as 50 faculty members from government higher education institutions will be trained by the British Council every year, starting from December 2018.

Among these, 30 faculty members will be from government colleges, 10 from governmental polytechnic institutes, eight from central institutions established in Arunachal and 2 from officers of the higher education administration.

Besides this, 50 students of higher and technical education institutes will be trained by the British Council in English language skills each year.

The agreement will also work towards improving English communication of Arunachal Pradesh’s civil servants.

It will also help develop capacity-building initiatives in the state and support improvements in the teaching of mathematics and science and capacity-building programmes for faculty and senior administrators of higher education institutions

The agreement will also seek to increase student and academic mobility for Arunachal Pradesh.

Background

The British Council has had a long association with both Arunachal Pradesh and the Northeast region of India.

The council had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Eastern Council (NEC), to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation in all eight states of the region.

To strengthen employability and promote gender inclusion, the British Council had launched Premier Skills Guwahati earlier in 2018, in which UK Premier League coaches trained 57 Indian football coaches from the Northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh.

Further, the British Council’s Crafting Futures initiative had given artisans from the northeast access to a national platform, Lakme Fashion Week.

Besides, in education, the British Council had offered scholarships to 6 women from the Northeast to pursue higher studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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