Republic of North Macedonia moots student, professor exchange programmes with SRM Institute of Science and Technology
The Republic of North Macedonia has proposed an exchange of students and professors with the SRM Institute of Science and Technology to take the bilateral relationship to a new level. Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of North Macedonia, NehatEmini, on Friday mooted the proposal in a meeting with SRMIST Founder Chancellor Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar, MP and President Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan.
Noting that the School of Public Health in SRM is one of the top 10 schools in the country, SRMIST President Dr.Sathyanarayan said, “I am happy that Mr NehatEmini, Charge d’ Affaires is with us today. The sculpture and heritage of North Macedonia is very similar to India and I hope we have pivotal trade and education connection between our countries”. He said it was an honour and prestige that SRM School of Public Health has been selected to do the NFHS-5.
“Normally it is the government who does such surveys but this has been passed on to a private organization. This is a privilege for SRM to be designated as a nodal point for this survey in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry”.
“School of Public Health is a multidisciplinary field as it involves Management, Statistics, Biology and several other fields. We have all these under one umbrella in SRM and we have to make use of these facilities for this survey,” he said.
“I would like to invite students from India as well as professors for exchange programmes to my country where we have very good professors with good standing in Europe, as I am deeply convinced that our common aim is to deepen cooperation in areas of our mutual interest,” said the Macedonian official who was the Chief Guest at the launch of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) Round 5 for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry at the SRM School of Public Health, a nodal centre for implementing the survey. The project cost is estimated to be around Rs. 9 crore.
Dean, SRM School of Public Health, Dr. Padma Venkat, said the North Macedonian capital was Skopje, thebirthplace of Mother Teresa, who had become a legend in India for her missionary service to heal the sick and the poor. Significantly, North Macedonia was highly rated on the human development index and had a rich cultural heritage of music, art, dance and fresco paintings.
SRMIST Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti called for timely completion of the survey which would be greatly beneficial to society at large. He said the SRM School of Public Health should excel in carrying out its mandate given by the government to change the perception that societal contribution of educational institutions is not so strong.
Among those present were the Registrar Dr. N. Sethuraman, Deans and Directors of SRMIST besides C Latha, Project Officer, Tamil Nadu, International Institute of Population Studies which is the national nodal centre for implementing the NFHS-5, Dr. J Allirani, Deputy Director, Dept of Family Welfare, Maternal and Child Health, Puducherry and Dr.Venkatramanan, State Bureau of Health Intelligence, Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Health.