GUWAHATI, Feb 2 - Aaranyak, a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO), has now been recognised as a Research Centre of Dibrugarh University. In an MoU signed between Dibrugarh University and Aaranyak today, both the parties have agreed on establishing a close linkage and functional coordination in the direction of joint undertaking and supervision of research projects, training and consultancy.
Dibrugarh University will now provide all the facilities to Aaranyak research scholars to get enrolled in PhD programmes at the university under joint supervision and also consider the qualified Aaranyak scientists and professionals as independent recognised supervisors/guides for different research, teaching programs of the university.
Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak, termed the MoU as a milestone in Aaranyak’s development as a research organisation and said that it would enable the organisation to deliver quality outputs towards research-based conservation of biodiversity in the Northeast.
On the further course of action, he said that Aaranyak would work towards undertaking specialised and short-duration refresher courses and training programmes jointly with the university on industry and academia.
Aaranyak was the recipient of ‘Best Scientific Institution in Assam’ under the category of ‘State Awards for Scientific Excellence, 2017’ by the Science and Technology Department, Government of Assam. Over the past two decades, Aaranyak has made several contributions towards scientific research, including use of acoustic equipment in the Brahmaputra to estimate the population size of Gangetic Dolphins.