Professor Ratnam Vigneswaran The Vice Chancellor and Naga Narendran Director signed a landmark MOU to facilitate academics and students participation in rural livelihood development.
The UoJ is taking proactive steps under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor Vigneswaran, by engaging IRDG as an interface between communities and academia to identify and express grassroots community issues, challenges and needs. This MOU will facilitate problem solving and translate UoJ academic knowledge into pragmatic solutions for real-life problems of rural sustainable livelihood.
The focus of the MOU will be to create rural sustainable livelihood opportunities by way of innovative scalable livelihood projects.
Professor Atputharajah, the dean of the Engineering Faculty said “with this MOU UoJ is commencing its community outreach using UoJ’s faculties including agriculture, engineering, technology, fisheries, management and business management via University Private Link. We thank IRDG Director Naga Narendran and its CEO Mr Rangarajah for their dedicated work to improve rural livelihood in our province”.
Naga Narendran thanked the Vice Chancellor for his leadership and Prof Atputharajah for his involvement and assisting the progress of this MOU. He said, “academic and student participation in IRDG’s private sector based rural development will provide the students knowledge, ability and opportunity for a career in the private sector”.
Dr Easwaramohan, as the Director of the University Private Link (UPL) will be the focal point for the UoJ’s “Community Outreach Program” and will facilitate IRDG’s interactions with the university faculties.
The formal signing of this MOU was long delayed due to the unavailability of the CEO of IRDG Mr Rangarajah due to his ill health. Mr Rangarajah is also a member of the university council.