MoU Signing Ceremony between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Chiang Mai University (CMU) in the Establishment of Indian Studies Center, Chiang Mai University
On May 28, 2018, Associate Professor Rome Chiranukrom, Acting Vice President for International Relations and Alumni Affairs and Mr. Abbagani Ramu, Charge d’Affaires a.i. (Deputy Chief of Mission), Embassy of India to Thailand signed the Memorandum of Understanding Ceremony between Chiang Mai University (CMU) and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in an establishment of the Indian Studies Center, Chiang Mai University in the presence of Mr. Krit Thanawanich - the Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, Mr. K.G. Praveen Kuman, Counsellor, Embassy of India in Bangkok, Mr. Shrirish Jain, Consul of India in Chiang Mai and his wife, Mrs. Rajni Basumatary, Mr. Ranjeet Singh – the President of Indian Community in Chiang Mai and the committee members of the Indian Studies Center, Chiang Mai University at Phraya Srivisanvaja Room, Office of the University, Chiang Mai University.
The Indian Studies Center, Chiang Mai University (ISC-CMU) shall place Chiang Mai University on the map as a regional hub for Indian studies and shall function as an interdisciplinary center of expertise and academic excellence in Indian studies. In principal, the Center is research-based but will also include academic exchanges and academic and non-academic activities. With the center’s vision: “Indian Wisdom of Lanna”, the Center strives to truly become a Northern regional hub for Indian studies by having a reliable database on Indian studies, while empowering capacity-building among those with an interest in Indian studies through linking academic training and research, promoting cultural and academic exchanges, extending and strengthening the network of scholars on Indian studies, and prolonging the long and good relations between India and Thailand. The ISC-CMU has received the great cooperation from the university staff with an expertise and interest in Indian studies from various faculties: Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Architecture, as well as the full supports from Indian government agencies: the Consulate of India in Chiang Mai, and the Embassy of India to Thailand, as well as the Indian communities in Chiang Mai.
Throughout last year, the ISC-CMU has in preparation for its opening implemented the following: renovating the Center’s office space in an area of the Faculty of Social Sciences, CMU, arranging the Dheva Nakri’s competition, which is co-hosted with the Division of Pali-Sanskrit Language, Department of Eastern Language, Faculty of Humanities, CMU, developing a proposal for a 3-year research project to study Indian communities in Chiang Mai and preparing to host the 4th International Yoga Day”, in collaboration with the Consulate of India in Chiang Mai on June 17, 2018 at Sala Angkaew, Chiang Mai University.