The University of Hyderabad (UoH) and Berhampur University, Odisha, strengthened their commitment to academic collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 18, 2024. Dr. Devesh Nigam, Registrar of UoH, and Shri Sachidananda Nayak, Registrar of Berhampur University, were the signatories representing their respective institutions. The MoU aims to facilitate research training for students of Berhampur University by the faculty of UoH using the state-of-the-art research infrastructure available at UoH. Additionally, both universities will organize joint events and pursue collaborative projects in areas of mutual interest to enhance academic and research endeavors.
The signing ceremony was graced by Prof. Geetanjali Dash, Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University, Dr. L.D. Rout, Joint Director of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) at Berhampur University, Dr.Devesh Nigam, Registrar at UoH, Prof. Samrat L. Sabat, Director of Research and Development (R&D) at UoH, Sr. Prof M. Ghanashyam Krishna, Head of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Electronics Science & Technology (CASEST) at UoH, Sr. Prof Nirmal Visawanthan, Dean (in charge) of the School of Physics at UoH, Prof Arun Patnaik from the Department of Political Science at UoH, Prof Siba K. Udgata from the School of Computer & Information Sciences at UoH, and Ashish Jacob Thomas, Public Relations Officer at UoH.
Prof. Geetanjali Dash, Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University, expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “Berhampur University is a leading institute in Southern Odisha, and we are delighted to partner with the University of Hyderabad, an Institution of Eminence. This collaboration will greatly benefit our students and faculty members.” She emphasized the shortage of faculty members at BU hindering its growth and proposed that UoH faculty could co-teach certain courses at Berhampur University as a capsule module.
Dr. Devesh Nigam briefed about the achievements of UoH and emphasized the need for effective collaboration to make a meaningful impact on society, stating, “Let’s work together effectively to have an impact on society.”
Prof. M. Ghanashyam Krishna expressed a keen interest in mentoring students as part of the internship program.
Professors Siba K. Udgata and Samrat L. Sabat, both alumni of Berhampur University, eagerly expressed their interest in co-teaching courses at their alma mater. Prof. Samrat L. Sabat from CASEST, UoH, is Coordinator for UoH and Dr. L.D. Rout, serving as the Joint Director of IQAC, is the MoU Coordinator for Berhampur University.