Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 16:
The KIIT University in the Odisha capital today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mayo Clinic, USA.
A non-profit organization, Mayo Clinic is a global leader in medical care, research and education and has been recognized the best hospital in US. It has more than 3300 physicians, researchers and scientists.
As per the MoU, Mayo has agreed to pay KIIT University a multi-year grant for the purpose of development of educational infrastructure and completion of other support activities for five years. It is a recognition to KIIT’s excellence in science and education. This is the first time Mayo Clinic has signed MoU with any Indian university.
The MoU was signed by Dr Sasmita Samanta, Registrar of KIIT University and Dr Christopher K Pierret of Mayo Clinic, in the presence of Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT University, Prof PP Mathur, vice chancellor, Prof DK Tripathy, pro-vice chancellor and Dr Mrutyunjay Suar, director of School of Biotechnology, KIIT and other officials of the two organizations.
In a related development, KIIT University also entered into agreement with the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Dr Sasmita Samanta, on behalf of KIIT, and Prof Maria Cristina Messa, on behalf of University of Milano-Bicocca, signed the MoU.
As per the agreement, the two universities would promote and strengthen scientific and academic cooperation by means of exchanging professors, researchers, students and staff. They would also undertake joint research activities and joint research doctoral theses.