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JNU Inks MoU With IOM For Creating Centre Of Excellence

The MoU focussed on the creation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) with research scholars pursuing their PhD, from JNU’s ‘School of International Studies

On 17 August 17, 2022, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Present during the signing were the Vice Chancellor of JNU, Prof Santishree D Pandit; Sanjay Awasthi, Head of Office, IOM; Prof Ajay Dubey, Rector, JNU; Prof Srikanth Kondapalli, Dean, School of International Studies, JNU and Amb Rahul Chhabra (Retd), Secretary, ER, MEA.  

The MoU focussed on the creation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) with research scholars pursuing their PhD, from JNU’s ‘School of International Studies’. The research will entail conducting digital surveys, ascertaining skill gaps and related economic and sectoral skill requirements and publishing the findings in relevant fora. The CoE will research and publish data about mobility, harness sectoral data for creating economic and skill radar and developing a Happiness Index, to name a few. The digital survey will also be instrumentalised as an economic and skill radar for foreign companies in India and for the Overseas Indian Diaspora.

Prof Pandit, JNU’s first female VC, remarked how this agreement was in sync with the government’s foreign policy of ‘development, democracy and diaspora’, wherein this exercise of collecting data will create a dashboard through the coordinated efforts and combined abilities of all partners’ abilities to deliver the best results. 


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