A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Nalanda University and Deakin Unversity on the possibilities of having thinkers-in-residence and students apart from an academic exchange between two varsities. Dr. David Halliwell, Director of Centre for Regional and Rural Futures at Deakin University will deliver a speech on possible applications for emerging technologies in the inaugural session of ‘Nalanda Deakin Annual Lecture Series’ which is scheduled to take place on November 10, 2016, in Delhi and on November 11, 2016, in Rajgir.
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Dr. Halliwell will also speak on “Industry-driven research needs in regional and rural communities”. The main focus will be on enhancing regional and rural productivity by smart use of technology. He will also explain about the research needs which must be encouraged for the development of rural India in general, and Bihar in particular.
Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding was also been signed between Nalanda University and Bihar Heritage Development Society. The main objective of this MoU is to conduct Rajgir Archaeological Survey Project (RASP). The aim of the project is to take an archaeological survey of Rajgir to understand the archaeological landscape of the historical city.
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RASP will also examine the multi-layered and multi-phased development of Rajgir as an urban, political and religious centre.
Gopa Sabharwal, Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University, revealed that the findings of the project would be documented in the form of a monograph. A workshop will be organised on ‘archaeological heritage, community participation and tourism’ on November 12 & 13, 2016.