JU and IIIM Jammu sign MOU to foster collaboration in Science & Technology

JAMMU: University of Jammu and CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) Canal Road, Jammu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at IIIM Jammu.

The MOU was signed by Dr Ram A. Vishwakarma, Director, CSIR-IIIM Jammu and Prof. Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu. The MOU aims to create and foster synergy to strengthen the functional collaboration between the two Institutions in the areas of Science & Technology.

CSIR-IIIM Jammu is a constituent unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and a premier research Organization in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vishwakarma emphasized on the submission of institutional level joint research projects for funding to various agencies of Government of India. He stressed upon the fact that the project must have national and global importance of substantial outcome.

He stressed on the need to study rich microbial biodiversity of the Ladakh region for discovery of novel natural drug like molecules from mushrooms, medicinal plants. Besides, he suggested that joint research projects on effect of climate change on various eco-systems be prepared.

Prof. Dhar in his address said that this MOU will set a significant milestone for closer research collaboration between the two institutions and the ties to leverage on each other's strengths to pursue applied research for the welfare of the society. He said that the broad framework of the partnership aims at conducting joint collaborative research in areas of medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, as well as exploring joint grant opportunities.

This MoU will also facilitate exchange of students, scholars and faculty to the mutual benefit of both the institutions. He also emphasized that collaboration in cultural activities in the two institutions should also be promoted.

It is pertinent to mention here that University of Jammu has also been for past some time striving to build collaborations and synergy with institutes of national and international importance. In this regard, University of Jammu and CSIR-IIIM initiated the process of collaboration sometime back.

The efforts of two institutions culminated in an official agreement towards building opportunities for students, researchers and faculty at both the institutions.

Prof. Kamal K Kapoor along with Sh. Abdul Rahim, Head PME and Business Development, CSIR-IIIM coordinated the logistics of the signing ceremony of MoU.

The MoU signing ceremony was also attended by Prof. Rajni Dhingra, Dean Research Studies, Prof. Naresh Padha, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Roopama Gandotra, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Dr. Meenakshi Kilam, Registrar and from IIIM Er. Rajnish Anand, Dr Dilip M. Mondhe and Dr. Inshad Khan were also present.

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