106 MoUs signed to foster innovation & collaboration in edu-sector

ABSS 2023: 14 deals were inked under the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for partnership with various tech institutes

MoU in edu sector

New Delhi: The Union ministry of education and skill development & entrepreneurship signed 106 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with various organizations and institutions at the Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam 2023 here on Sunday. The MoUs encompass partnerships with both public and private entities to foster innovation, research, and knowledge exchange in multiple domains, ushering in a new era of collaboration in education and industry-academia linkages.

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan and his deputies Subhas Sarkar, Annapurna Devi and Rajkumar Ranjan Singh lauded the industry leaders for taking steps to nurture the leaders of tomorrow through this auspicious event, which also coincided with 3rd anniversary of the National Education Policy.

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School education and literacy

Under CBSE, 15 MoUs were inked, with different institutes and sector skill providers to give specific focus on the skill development and education. These partnership will also promote skill assessment and capacity building. These MoUs were signed in association with the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Apparel Made-Ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council, Automotive Sector Skill Council, Sports, Physical Education, Fitness and Leisure Skills Council, Central Square Foundation (CSC), Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd, Oxford University Press India, Logistics Sector Skill Council, Furniture and Fittings Sector Skill Council, Life Sciences Sector Skill Council, Textiles Sector Skill Council and the Healthcare Sector Skill Council.

NIOS inks three MoUs

For the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), three MoUs were signed with the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) to promote Indian sign language to share expertise and resources for standardization and development of quality learning resources in Indian sign language; with the Common Service Centres (CSC), Ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to leverage CSC E-governance services to facilitate the admission of out of school children (OoSC) in NIOS, increase enrolment and provide e-services, and with The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University for academic advancements. An MoU between Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and IBM was also inked in order to accelerate the activities conducted for effective implementation of Vigyan Jyoti Program in JNVs.

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NCERT signed 20 MoUs under the aegis of eVidya initiative with departments of school education of several states for development of quality eContent and it’s dissemination through PMeVIDYA DTH TV channels in different languages and for various stakeholders.

Higher Education:

In the realm of higher education, six partnership deal were inked to promote the Indian knowledge system. As many as 14 MoUs under the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) were also signed in partnership with: SkillDzire Technologies Pvt Limited, MathWorks India Private Limited, TimesPro, Google India, Gate India Electronics Private Limited, Future Minds, The Open Group, CONSORTIUM FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE), MahaLearning Tab India, Durjeya Solutions Private Limited, Flaunch Innovation Pvt. Ltd, Electronics Sector Skill Council, NIELIT and the Instrumentation Automation Surveillance & Communication Sector Skill Council. Furthermore, 2 SAMARTH MoUs with different states were also inked, alongside an MoU with SAMARTH DU and EdCIL.

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International Collaboration

In a bid to bolster international collaborations, six MoUs have been signed, including the IIT-Madras Zanzibar campus MoU. Additionally, MoUs were also signed between IIT Tirupati and IIFCET, for offering the advanced certification and training course on “Digital Manufacturing and Automation for Foundry Industry” for training and enriching the knowledge of diploma holders/graduate engineers employed in the industry; IIT Tirupati and M/s Siemens/ Wipro for establishing Centre of Excellence on “Smart manufacturing and Electric Vehicle Technologies”; IIT Jodhpur and CU/Raj; IIT Ropar and five Central Universities of North India for academic collaboration and sharing of resources; VNIT Nagpur and TCS to path breaking research in the area of automotive electronics, powers electronics and other related interdisciplinary subjects; NIT Raipur and the Bhilai Steel Plant, the largest steel plant in India giving opportunity of entrepreneurship skill to budding students by exposing them to industrial training and joint degree programmes. The PM-USHA initiative also resulted in 15 MoUs with various states.

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An MoU was signed between DHE with BISAG-N as well. The UGC signed 5 MoUs: University of Mumbai and University of Illinos, USA; University of Mumbai and Saint Louis University, USA; Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidlaya and L N Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan; University of Lucknow- Lincoln University College Kualalumpur, Malaysia; University of Lucknow and Universidade Federal do Ceara, Brazil.

Ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship

A total of 14 MoUs were signed which included, MoUs of DGT with AWS India Pvt. Ltd and ETS India Pvt Ltd, MoUs of NIESBUD with TIDES- business incubator of the IIT Roorkee, EIC-business incubator of IIML and DeAsra Foundation; MoU of IIE with IIT Guwahati; MoU of NSDC with Pearson VUE, CISCO, Ajinorah, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, IndusInd Bank, Yamaha Automobile, EPowerX Learning Technologies Pvt Ltd and Drone Destination.

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