Assam: Aaranyak signs MoU with Bodoland University on academic, research cooperation

Assam, Aaranyak sign MoU with Bodoland University for academic and research cooperation

Guwahati: Aaranyak, one of India’s leading research-based biodiversity conservation and human well-being support organisations, signed an MoU with Bodoland University (BU), of Bodoland Territorial Region of Assam at their research office in Guwahati.

Professor Laishram Ladu Singh (Vice-chancellor at Bodoland University) and Dr Bibhab K. Talukdar (Secretary General and CEO of Aaranyak), signed the MoU. This MoU will facilitate the joint working of various research divisions of both the institutes to undertake multidisciplinary scientific research, education & outreach as well as human resource development for biodiversity conservation and environmental protection in Northeast India.

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Bodoland University has been accredited as one of Assam’s growing universities. This was done under section 2(f) & 12(B), respectively, of the UGC Act 1956. The Bodoland University Act 2009, of Assam Legislative Assembly, established Bodoland University Act. It is also the only higher education institution in Assam that addresses all aspects of development.

Aaranyak’s work began in 1989 with the conservation of wildlife habitats, livelihood development and applied research. Aaranyak received the status of Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in 2006 by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology of Govt of India.

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Before signing the MoU and exchanging it, Aaranyak, vice-chancellor at Bodoland University, highlighted the value of collaboration between Aaranyak and the university to conduct multidisciplinary research, outreach, education and human resource development in order to conserve the environment and other wide aspects of the region.

Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar is optimistic about the MoU’s likely impacts to generate budding students and researchers to cater for the needs for research and conservation in the diverse fields of biodiversity, environment, climate change mitigation and awareness among various stakeholders. This meeting featured several senior noted officials from the university along with the Hon’ble vice-chancellor.