ITANAGAR: In order to stop migration of people living in border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has taken bold steps to mitigate the problem by undertaking research in border land agriculture practices, which would serve as a panacea to produce enough food grains.
RGU has got a special programme of Niti Aayog under the aegis of Atal Incubation Centre and one of the leading universities among Himalayan university consortium to pursue research in five areas, including water harvesting, tourism and border land agriculture practices, said sources at the varsity.
Moreover, a women study centre is in the offing, the sources said, adding RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha is in expansion mood of the institution.
The recent expansion of the university included introduction of agriculture faculty with five departments, sports faculty with four departments, besides law, food technology and statistics departments and a national security study.
In his innovative way, the VC also introduced performing arts in department of music and fine arts to help young Arunachalee students to tune their inborn dance feats to classical form.
American ballet dancer Ammy Darwin was in the RGU in February last year indicating future vision of the VC with a commitment to do something visible for this central varsity.
It is needless to mention here that the State, having the longest international border in the country, shares 160-km with Bhutan to the west, China to the north and northeast (1,080-km) and Myanmar to the east (440-km).
RGU, the lone Central university of this Himalayan State, was ranked second among 49 central varsities in the list of central universities released by Union Ministry of Education in August last year, beating prominent varsities, like JNU, Aligarh Muslim University, University of Delhi, BHU, Visva-Bharati, NEHU and Tezpur University.
The varsity with 83 per cent marks was second after Jamia Millia Islamia, would observe its 38th foundation day on February 4 next with Chief Minister Pema Khandu as chief guest while NEHU VC Prof S K Srivastava would deliver foundation day lecture and Governor-cum-RGU Chief rector Brig. (retd) Dr B D Mishra would preside over the function.
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