Tribune press service
Shimla, December 7
The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) today signed memoranda of understanding with six private universities in Himachal Pradesh to provide higher education and skills programs to serving military personnel.
The MoUs have been signed with Shoolini University, Chitkara University, Maharaja Agrasen University, Eternal University, Career Point University and Jaypee University under the auspices of the Commission for the Regulation of Himachal Pradesh private educational institutions (HPPERC).
Lieutenant-General JS Sandhu, Chief of Staff, ARTRAC, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Army in the presence of the President of the HPPERC, Major-General Atul Kaushik (retired). Those who signed the MoUs on behalf of the universities are Vishal Anand (Shoolini University), Varinder S Kanwar (Chitkara University), Rajendra Kumar Sharma (Jaypee University), Davinder Singh (Eternal University),
Kartar Singh Verma (Career Point University) and Suresh Gupta (Maharaja Agrasen University).
Memoranda of Understanding provide scope for academic and research cooperation between the military and private universities. These include efforts to promote and facilitate the exchange of information on educational programs organized by the
these institutions as part of their on-campus and off-campus programs and the research and innovation currently undertaken by these universities.
The military has agreed to sponsor officers to attend educational programs at these universities. The MoUs also provide for collaborative research and innovation in areas of mutual interest in the basic and applied sciences, physical sciences, engineering, management and social sciences.
Shoolini University has offered more than 50 doctoral places to serving army officers in various fields such as computer science, nanotechnology, journalism and mass communication, as well as basic and applied sciences and the arts. liberals. The number of seats to be allocated to army personnel would be beyond the force sanctioned in each matter.
Major-General Kaushik (retd) said the pioneering agreements between the military and private universities would prove innovative and the initiative would prove useful for serving officers, who could also benefit after retirement.
He said the agreements offered a broad approach to further catalyze synergy between the military and academia in research and higher education. Vice-chancellors and other senior officials from the six universities said they looked forward to teaming up with serving army officers.