IEP CHANDIGARH JULY 17, 2022
Dev Samaj College of Education (DSCE) Chandigarh, India and London School of Management Education (LSME), London have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is slated to give a major fillip to international level – research-based higher education pedagogy systems. The MoU has come about in recognition of the establishment of a new collaborative working arrangement for academic excellence and responsible research and innovations in London and India. The MoU ceremony took place through virtual mode.
The MoU documents were signed by Dr Ravi Kumar, Executive Director of LSME on its behalf and Dr Richa Sharma, Officiating Principal of Dev Samaj College of Education DSCE on behalf of DSCE.
On the occasion, Shriman Nirmal Singh Dhillon, Secretary Dev Samaj and Chairman Dev Samaj College of Education Chandigarh applauded the initiative taken up by Dr. Agnese Dhillon, Principal DSCE and faculty members for coming forward and making this collaboration a reality.
Sh. Nirmal Singh Dhillon and Dr Ravi Kumar used this opportunity to discuss the evolution of the proposed partnership which started with LSME’s success in securing some support for student mobility under the UK’s Turing Scheme.
Sh. Nirmal Singh Dhillon said, “The idea of ‘responsible research’, although not in itself new, could be a driving force for academic excellence at DSCE and beyond. The MoU will be a means of bringing a wider range of people into the governance of the research process and in developing social innovation in India and London.”
Dr Ravi Kumar said, “Both institutions value the core principles of good quality Teacher Education and share a commitment to enhancing the learning experience of students, through teaching placement activities and student exchange programmes.”
Dr Richa Sharma said, “This MoU is relevant as it is the first step towards implementing a joint objective to initiate and nurture the culture of innovations, facilitate student/teacher exchanges and disseminate academic information amongst the participating institutions.”
The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by Prof Stephen McKinney of the University of Glasgow and the Chair of the LSME Board of Governance, Dr Peter Gray, a member of the LSME Board of Governance, Dr Sarita Parhi, Principal of LSME, Dr Dolly Jackson Sillah, Vice Principal of LSME and Mr Hassan Shifau, the Chief Research and Innovations Officer among others. Dr Neeru Malik Associate Professor (Coordinator), Dr Anita Nangia, Associate Professor and Dr Seema Sareen Assistant Professor were present from DSCE.
In his opening remarks, Mr Hassan Shifau stressed the importance of research as a tool to create an interdisciplinary space to allow interaction between academics and highlighted the main objectives of the partnership. Dr Dolly Jackson Sillah, the Vice Principal of LSME, provided an overview of the significance of the partnership, highlighting the 3 key areas of information sharing, research and student exchange. Dr Peter Gray highlighted the need for open conversations among academic researchers and stakeholders. Dr Neeru Malik, coordinator, provided an overview of the establishment of DSCE, and stressed on the values of education, reading and scholarly research, highlighting the importance of ensuring the success of the exchange programme. Prof Stephen McKinney underlined the importance of monitoring and evaluating the impact of the collaboration in future.
Mrs Lydia Mireku from LSME, delivered the Vote of Thanks.