The Pondicherry University on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi, which would facilitate officers to take full-time courses in various subjects offered at the Central university.
The MoU also provided for the setting up of a joint committee with members from the Army and the university to identify further areas of cooperation.
Exchanging the MoU on behalf of the Army, Mukesh Sabharwal, Adjunct-General, Ministry of Defence, said that officers, especially those who were young, usually felt insecure after retirement as they were insulated from the outside world by the military environment for much of their life.
Though such officers showcased great commitment and organising skills during their service, prospective employers ask for formal educational certificates when the officers seek employment after retiring young.
The MoU was a step towards empowering the soldiers with qualifications so that they could get the opportunity to have a “second career,” he said.
Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University J.A.K. Tareen said that the university was the first varsity with which the Army was signing a MoU for full-time postgraduate and Ph.D programmes. To start with, the university has allotted 45 specially created seats in courses such as the M.A (South Asian Studies), M.B.A and Ph.D in all subjects of social sciences and humanities for the Army personnel. The university would also be open to admit soldiers to other courses if there was a demand, he said.