INDIAN High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar yesterday met with Acting Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib to discuss issues of bilateral interests, especially possible collaboration between UTB and the Indian Institutes of Technology Delhi and Kharagpur.
The high commissioner also presented a set of 38 books on Indian history, culture, philosophy, literature, politics and religion for the library of UTB.
He expressed the hope that these books will enrich the library and be of use to the students and faculty of UTB.
The high commissioner highlighted other initiatives by the Government of India, such as the Study in India programme, Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) and Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) to promote cooperation in exchange of students, faculty and researchers between Indian and foreign institutions.
Education and capacity building was identified as one of the potential areas of cooperation during the recently concluded India-Brunei Foreign Office Consultation Meeting in New Delhi on June 24. The Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India has decided to allocate 10 seats for Brunei students (preferably in the post-graduate and doctoral levels) in Indian Institutes of Technology in India.
The visit by Haji Ady Syarmin to India to participate in the 14th Higher Education Summit in 2018 was noted.
A similar representation from the universities in Brunei Darussalam in the next edition of Higher Education Summit to be held in India from November 27-29, 2019 will provide opportunities for the universities to interact with their counterparts in India, as well as with the Indian knowledge industry to explore areas of cooperation.