Varanasi । An agreement is signed between IIT (BHU) Varanasi and Niigata University, Japan to promote exchange and cooperation in education, joint research, holding of lectures and symposiums, exchange of students/faculty members. This academic and research collaboration is likely to bring two friendly nations closer. The students shall be selected and nominated by the home university/institution. Both parties shall endeavour to ensure that an equal number of students are exchanged. In order to select students for the exchange program,
the parties shall establish procedures and selection of exchange students based on academic achievements. Both parties also discussed acquisition and recognition of credits and the home university shall recognize the credits offered according to its policy on credit transfer. Issue of language education, tuition fee waiver, housing etc were also discussed. The host university/institution shall waive examination fee, entrance fees, and tuition fees for exchange students.
During an online agreement signing event organised on 1-Feb 2022, Director of IIT (BHU) Varanasi, Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain and President of the Nigata University, Prof. Tatsuo Ushiki said that this initiative will help to establish strong collaboration between two institutes. The director IIT (BHU) Varanasi and the president Niigata University highlighted the need for strong academic collaborations between the two institutions/university. Prof. S.B Dwivedi, Dean (Academic Affairs) presented a strong background, academic courses
offered by the IIT (BHU) and highlighted some unique courses and old heritage of the IIT(BHU). This was followed by a detailed presentation by the Dean (R&D), Prof. Vikash Kumar Dubey on the detailed research activities at the IIT (BHU) by the different departments and Schools. Possible thrust areas on the academic collaboration between the two-partner institutions were also highlighted.
Prof. Nozomu TSUBOI, Vice president, Global Engagement, Niigata University Japan gave a presentation on general introduction of the Niigata University, possible collaborations, how to start student exchange in the pandemic and post pandemic situation, and existing collaborations with different Indian Universities/Institutions with the Nîgata University. Prof. Takamasa Suzuki gave a detailed presentation on the different research activities in the area of Optics-Photonics instrumentation such as Optical coherence tomography, bio-medical instrumentation. This was followed by a presentation by Prof. M. Satish Kumar from the Niigata University on the possible collaborations between the Niigata University and the IIT (BHU) and some of these possible areas are Condensed matter, Material Science & Technology, Biomedical, Seismic response etc. Finally, a discussion session was arranged in the meeting and the director IIT (BHU) and the president Niigata University emphasized a need to build a strong collaboration between the two sides with active participation of students and faculties from both sides, and some of the initial thrust areas are on
Optics-Photonics, Optical Instrumentation lead by Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh from the IIT (BHU) Varanasi and Prof. T. Suzuki from Niigata University. Process of students and faculty exchange programs will be initiated and this will be shared by both sides with their students and faculties.