MADURAI: In an effort to become a knowledge resource centre and move towards people centric research and extension activities, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between University of NAMUR, Belgium, and Arul Anandar College, Karumathur, near Madurai on Friday.
Briefing the press here on Friday, Rev. Fr. G. Pushparaj, Principal, said that the college, for more than three decades, had laid the emphasis on local community and promoted action-oriented programmes. This MoU was yet another step towards sharing the knowledge acquired for mutual benefits between the respective institutions and to disseminate it to people for socio-economic empowerment of villagers.
The college had established Arrupe Centre for Policy Research and had been conducting research for providing livelihood support information to farmers. To initiate participatory development, the centre had formed a network of 141 farmers under the banner, Vaigai Vivasayeegal Nala Sangam, and had distributed fertilizer, agricultural inputs at government fixed rates, he informed.
The college had research collaboration with NAMUR University and Alexandra Heering, a research scholar, from the university was pursuing research under the guidance of Arrupe Centre for Policy Research.
Stephane Leyens, Department of Sciences, Philosophies, Societies, said that the MoU was signed for its people-centric approach and it was planning to focus on gender, Dalit issues and issues on social justice. Four students from the University of NAMUR would be visiting the college for a four-week training programme during July.