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JNU to have Srimanta Sankardev Chair: MoU with Assam Govt soon

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Pegu added that the setting up of the chair would provide ample opportunity for the students to do research on Sankardev and Indology
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Guwahati: A chair in the name of Srimanta Sankardev will be set up at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) of New Delhi soon.

On Monday, informing the development, the state’s education minister Ranoj Pegu said that the discussion to set up a chair in the name of the great vainshnavite saint of the state was completed with the university.

He said, “Already the state’s higher education department has completed the process with the JNU administration and after today’s cabinet nod, soon Assam government and JNU will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to finalise the matter.”

Pegu added that the setting up of the chair would not only provide ample opportunity for the students to do research on Sankardev and Indology, but it would also take Assam’s age-old culture, history and religious movement before the global platform.

Indology, also known as South Asian studies, is the academic study of the history and cultures, languages, and literature of the Indian subcontinent, and as such is a subset of Asian studies.

The state government has already sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the purpose and also granted a one-time sanction of Rs 10 lakh to initiate the process, informed Pegu.

Meanwhile, the education minister also said that the state government has decided to regularize the jobs of the contractual teachers in schools which would achieve Grade A rank in the Gunotsav for two consecutive years.

“If a school has received Grade-A in 2022 Gunotsav and also secure the position in 2023 Gunotsav, then the jobs of the contractual teachers in these schools will be regularized,” he added.

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