The Surindra Rajabhat University Regional Development Strategies Foundation (SRRURDS) of Thailand and Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College of Namsai has recently signed MoU in order to develop academic and cultural activities.
As per the MoU, both the institutes agreed to work together on academic, research, cultural activities for international development in educational institutions. This MoU is also expected to foster cooperation between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand through these two institutes.
Associate professor Dr Achara Phanurat, ex-president of SRRURDS and Ven. Bhikkhu Panyaloka, director of Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College signed the MoU in presence of deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and Tharadol Thongruang, minister councillor, Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi.
Mein while terming the step as a significant one said, “MoU has taken the Act East Policy in high spirit and said that the government of Arunachal Pradesh is committed to bring Act East Policy into practical.”
“This way we can build friendly relations by conducting cultural exchange, linguistic and research activities between Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand as we have similar type of cultures, religion and linguistic affinities,” Mein said.
Thongruang expressed hope that this small step will expand in a big way in coming days. He said that Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand is very close to each other and is separated by few mountains.
“The old routes that links Arunachal Pradesh and Northeast of Thailand could be re-opened for building better relationships in future,” he stated.
Dr Gerhard Heller, a famous research scholar from Germany who was also present in the occasion praised Arunachal for it bio-diversity and its cultural asset. “The state offers a huge scope for tourism, cultural and spiritual research works.”