The University of Delhi, which is in its year of centenary, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Ladakh, which is one of the youngest University in the country, on 5th August 2021 for a period of five years.
The MoU has been signed by Prof. P.C. Joshi, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi and Shri C. Phunsog, Vice Chancellor, University of Ladakh, with the Registrars of two the Universities, Dr. Vikas Gupta and Shri Imteeaz Kacho, as witnesses. Various authorities and officials of the two Universities participated in the ceremony. From the side of the University of Delhi, Prof. Balaram Pani, Dean of Colleges, Prof. Suman Kundu, Director South Campus, Prof. Kavita Sharma, Treasurer, Prof. Neeta Sehgal, Proctor, Prof Rajeev Gupta, Dean Students Welfare, Prof D.S. Rawat, Dean, Examinations, Prof. K Ratnabali, Dean Academic Activities and Projects, Prof. Ashok Prasad, Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Centre for Himalayan Studies and Prof. Sanjeev Singh, Joint Director, Delhi University Computer Centre. From the side of University of Ladakh, Prof Deskyong Namgyal, Dean Academic Affairs & Controller of Examinations and Dr. Sonam Joldan, In-charge, Centre for Himalayan & Trans-Himalayan Studies participated in the event.
The rationale for collaboration between the two Universities are many, few of which are listed down below:
- The University of Delhi, which has a glorious legacy of about a century, is keen to share it with other relatively younger universities of this country in order to play the role of a catalyst in their transformation and growth.
- The varied points of divergence between the two Universities, right from its geographical set up to its socio-cultural milieu, shall make way for a productive environment of innovative thinking as well as learning.
- The new knowledge, ideas and approaches from the young University of Ladakh will also enable collective minds to further push the boundaries of knowledge and understanding.
- Dominantly, public universities are still the backbone of higher education in this country, and it is higher education that fuels the growth of a nation. So, if higher education is to make headway, with least amount of investment, public universities should be able to cash in the strength of each other through cooperation and capacity building, as envisaged in this collaboration.
- The proposed collaboration is in line with Clause 10.6 of the National Education Policy 2020, wherein responsibility of a higher educational institute (HEI) to support other HEIs in their development, community engagement and service, contribution to various fields of practice, Faculty Development etc. is envisaged.
- The timing of collaboration with the University of Ladakh is also ripe, given the fact that the Government is taking steps to promote the growth of the University of Ladakh with an aim to develop and empower the people of the region through education, keeping in view its strategic location and present geopolitical situation. The University of Delhi considers it to be an honour to contribute towards the earnest efforts of the Government.
- Further, digitalization shall bridge the physical distance between these two Universities and enable to transact knowledge in real time.
The aims of the collaboration between the University of Delhi and the University of Ladakh is to take up activities of mutual interest. The specific objectives are as follows:
- Pursuit of scientific and academic collaboration between the two academic and research centres of the two institutions.
- Exchange of faculty/ staff and students.
- Organising faculty development programmes.
- Providing hands on experience to students of UOL to various advanced technologies available in various wings of DU to expand their knowledge horizon.
- Encouraging, and facilitation of inter university student and faculty visits to enable learning through academic interactions and programmes on both offline and online modes.
- Joint organisation of research and publication activities in various departments/centres.
- Joint organisation of seminars, conferences and academic workshops on topics of mutual interests.
- Organisation of cultural exchange programmes and sports activities in both institutions.
- Exchange of expertise in the revision of existing curricular programs in order to respond to the current demands of industry and other employment generating entities.
- Joint organisation of workshops on Massive Open Online Learning Course (MOOC) and Information and Communication Technology (ITC).
- Sharing of library resources and providing access to laboratory facilities.
- Organising joint Ph.D. programmes
- Organising joint post graduate courses under the Meta University programme.
The University of Delhi considers it to be a privilege to collaborate with the University of Ladakh for mutual enrichment as well as assist in the trajectory growth of the University of Ladakh in its endeavour to become one of the best Universities in near future. The collaboration between the University of Delhi and University of Ladakh will be a bond that will vitalize both the Universities to go from strength to strength.