Universities across the world are actively participating together to share resources, skills, academic staff to increase the level of research and gain from more such interactions.
However, the same trend has not been observed on a national scale i.e. leading Indian universities coming together to join hands and share resources and enhance the overall productivity of both the institutions for collective benefit of the society.
However, now, finally two of the leading universities of the country, Jamia Milia Islamia university and Delhi University, both situated in the national capital have joined hands to share their resources in form of teachers’ exchange and resource availability.
Aimed at creating a central system which would help students come together for special events — allowing for greater exchange of ideas and learning — Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Delhi University (DU) have agreed in principle for broad resource sharing.
Both universities have expressed hope that Jawaharlal Nehru University too would join the bandwagon later.
At the closing ceremony of JMI’s 96th Foundation Day celebration, in which chancellors from both the universities were present, it was expressed by them that there will be an opening up of avenues through which sharing of resources such as teachers, laboratory facilities, libraries and databases will be made possible for students across the universities.
DU’s Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, who was also the chief guest at the event, told that the two central universities will sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) shortly to make the agreement legal.
According to Mr. Tyagi, “A healthy atmosphere, transparency, fairness, freedom from prejudices and corruption are expected from an educational institution, and the institutions must work towards fulfilling them,”
JMI vice-chancellor Mr. Ahmad too commented and added that the two universities were moving forward to share “resources to make their optimal use”.
On the occasion, JMI took time to also announce that it will be holding its annual convocation on November 11 at the Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Sports Complex with Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), as the chief guest at the function.
The hope expressed by both the universities as far as JNU is concerned is not without merits and if affirmed by it, would serve as an ideal model of MoU which could be repeated across the country.