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NITT, Sri Lankan University explore tie-up

The National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NITT) has identified South-Eastern University (SEU) of Sri Lanka as a potential institution for implementing faculty and student exchange programmes.

The Vice-Chancellor of SEU, M. Najim, held preliminary discussions with NITT Director Mini Thomas and Deans on Monday to formalise an agreement on the exchange programmes.

Prof. Najim, who was here to inaugurate a month-long entrepreneurship development programme for beneficiaries identified for funding under the State Government's New Entrepreneur–cum-Enterprise Development Scheme (NEEDS), exuded hope that a collaboration with NITT, a leading technical institution, would enable significant progress of faculty and students of SEU that was started just five years ago.

The SEU already had a successful collaboration with NITT's Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation (CEDI) led by G. Kannabiran, Professor, Department of Management, in the area of women entrepreneurship. About 40 women entrepreneurs were mentored over a period of six months. One of the women entrepreneurs who took part in the programme won the President's award for her achievements.

The scope of the agreement on the anvil would include offering PG and PhD programmes at SEU utilising NITT's expertise as a top priority.

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Referring to the proposal for exchange programmes in the UG disciplines in Engineering/Technology and MBA, Prof. Najim said the impending tie-up would be a unique opportunity for students of SEU to study alongside their peers in NITT under the guidance of well-qualified faculty.

Proposal for conduct of joint symposiums and conferences for bringing together faculty and students of both universities also came up during the meeting.

Prof. Kannabiran said the idea was to build a platform for both institutions to take up joint projects funded by India and Sri Lanka under bilateral agreements and explore international funding opportunities.

Dr. Mini Thomas said NITT was in the process of evolving a strategy for internationaling its outlook, particularly in the domains of education and entrepreneurship development domains, through such tie-ups with universities in neighbouring countries. The institute would sign a memorandum of understanding with SEU at the next meeting, Dr. Mini Thomas said.

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