Proposal to launch Centre for Indigenous Studies
A critical approach should be taken into consideration for developing education . All institutions should reach the rural community and tribal communities in particular for development of indigenous people , said Graham Smith, Vice Chancellor of University of Wananga , New Zealand, here on Wednesday .
He was at Koraput along with two other members from his university for signing an MoU with Central University of Orissa for bringing collaboration in Indigenous studies.
The MoU was signed by Surabhi Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor Central University of Orissa(CUO) and Graham Smith,VC of University of Wananga in the office chamber of VC, CUO on its campus. Speaking on the occasion Dr.Smith said that CUO at Koraput was the most suitable university for leading the studies related to tribal development in the region . University of Wananga , New Zealand was doing a great work with studies on Maori tribes in the country and similarly CUO at Koraput could also be instrumental in bringing the best opportunity for facilitating studies on tribes of the region and the country as well .
With the signing of MoU, CUO proposes to launch a Centre for Indigenous Studies, Dr. Banerjee said .
The new centre will support higher education, skills development and research into tribal issues such as preservation of cultural heritage, agricultural practices, ecology, customs, professions, traditional practices, health, indigenous knowledge and education. An academic exchange programme will also be developed to include student and faculty exchanges aimed at broadening the intellectual horizons and experience of students and faculties from both the countries, she said .
CUO serves a large economically deprived tribal population and was one of 12 central universities set up in 2009 to promote higher education in remote rural regions, she added.
Students and faculty members of CUO had the opportunity to interact with Dr.Smith on the prospects of the collaborative programme that was launched .