Manipur Univeristy, 25/04/2023: Today, the 25th April 2023(Tuesday), a memorandum of understanding between Manipur University, Imphal and Okinawa Churashima Foundation, Japan for cooperation in Life Sciences research and Education was signed at the Committee Room, Vice-Chancellor’s Secretariate, Manipur University.
On behalf of Manipur University, it was signed by Prof, W. Chandbabu Singh, Registrar, MU, in presence of Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Hon’bl Vice-Chancellor, MU. Witnesses were Prof. R. Varatharanjan, Dean, School of Life Sciences, MU, Prof. M. Damayenti Devi, Head, Deptt of Botany, MU, Prof. Th. Binoy Singh, Head, Deptt. of Zoology, MU and Prof. N. Mohilal Meitei, Deptt. of Zoology, MU. On behalf of Okinawa Churashima Foundation, Japan, it was signed by Dr. Yoshihito Hanashiro, chairman of the foundation and witnessed by Mr. Yutaka Agatsuma, chairman, Asia Supporting Organisation Alternative Plant for Opium Poppy, Japan and Mr. Teruaki Watanabe, Director, TMH Green Pvt. Ltd. Kapashera, Delhi. Dr. Atsushi ABE, Chief, Botanical Laboratory, OCRC also attended the signing ceneremony.
During the signing ceremony the chairman of Okinawa Churashima Foundation, Dr. Yoshihito Hanashiro remarked that the MoU would open a window for mutual co-operation and research. Emphasising his views, he also remarked that Manipur could utilise the eco-friendly plant ‘early paulownia’ that grows very fast for biomass consumtion and carbon-dioxide absorption.
Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, MU, thanked the Japanese team for the visit made and for undrestanding the University’s perception on research and development. He also mentioned that the Indo-Myanmar region is a fertile field of flora and fauna where different research activities can be undertaken.
Okinawa Churashima Foundation was established in 1976 aiming to contribute to society both in Japan and around the world in various fields such as the sound mental and physical development of citizens and the conservation of the environment as well as to contribute to the local communities by conducting surveys and studies on subtropical flora and fauna.
The MoU emphasised on the exchange of manpower, protocols, literatures, study meterial and collaborative research.