Central University of Orissa Signing MoU with University of Wananga, New Zealand for Collaborative Programme on Indigenous Studies
A team consisting Professor Graham Smith, CEO/ Vice Chancellor of Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiārangi: Indigenous-University (University of Wananga) New Zealand, Ms. Melanie Chapman, International Coordinator and Perya Shot, International Manager are coming to the Central University of Orissa to launch a Centre for Indigenous Studies in Central University of Orissa.
A formal MoU was signed in this regard on 4th December, 2013 at University Campus, Landiguda, Koraput. Professor Graham Smith, a distinguish scholar in the area of Māori Study has been at the forefront of Māori initiatives in the field of education and beyond. His recent academic works have centered on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crisis. Professor Smith has made significant contributions to the political, social, economic and cultural advancement of indigenous Māori communities. He has also worked extensively with other indigenous peoples across the world, including Canada, Hawaii, USA mainland, Taiwan, Chile, Australia and the Pacific nations.The various research-oriented and documentations on tribal issues like preservation of their cultural heritages, agricultural practices, ecology, customs, professions, traditional practices, tribal health, indigenous knowledge and education can be undertaken by the University through this Centre for Indigenous Studies. Along with this the academic exchange programmes including student and faculty exchange programme will broaden the intellectual horizon of students and faculties of both the country.
Provide quality education for all, so that we may fortify the backbone of the nation.
Disseminate ‘inclusive education’ to reach the unreached.
Advocate a wholesome symbiosis of the indigenous and the global scene.
Uphold a strongly grounded holistic worldview of the higher education.
Create a niche of its own.
This University is quintessentially conceived as an avant-garde premier University of the new millennium which calls for a world-ethos-driven higher education agenda. It is indeed an uphill task at this point of time to develop an exemplary academic institution with a pan- Indian perspective which should be optimally wedded to a global vision. We are now in the process of reinventing and of redefining higher education in a pronouncedly globalised context. But the vision of a new University, needless to say, emanates to a great extent, from the needs of the context, from the needs of the region. Therefore, the vision basically underpins a holistic balance between the region and the globe.
At this nascent phase we need to answer a few crucial questions while drawing the vision map of the University. If the University aspires to standout in the global scene to what extent should we cater to the indigenous needs? How should we go about erasing the invariable divide between the rural and the urban needs, between the needs of home and the needs overseas? To what extent should we emphasise the need to create skilled workforces to fill in the bottom of the pyramid? If research is the flagship identity of the University what would be the viable way to foster, nurture and inculcate a research culture from the very birth of the University? How do we sow the seeds of quality culture in every sphere of a new academic institution? What sort of academic reforms and innovations should we initiate at the very beginning? Is wider access a deterrent to quality?
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