PRIA International Academy (PIA), New Delhi and Manipal University, Jaipur have signed a MoU for collaboration between the two institutions in the areas of academic teaching and research.
This partnership paves way for three specific and important areas of cooperation and partnership:
- Developing and offering joint courses on participatory development, democracy, social justice and gender issues (including a postgraduate diploma course on managing participatory development programs & accountable governance and participatory democracy);
- Providing internship opportunities to MUJ students in field-based projects; and
- Joint teaching in various academic courses and developing collaborative community-university research partnerships.
Professor Madhura Yadav, Director, School of Architecture and Design at MUJ and Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Dean, PIA will lead the collaboration at their respective institutions. Through their partnership, MUJ and PIA have committed to fostering an environment of engaged teaching, collaborative research and holistic learning of students, in order to make the teaching-learning process in higher education of value not only to the students but also to society at large. The MoU was signed by Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Dean, PIA and Dr. Vandana Suhag, Registrar, MUJ.
“It is increasingly being realized that universities need to think and act ‘differently’ in order to deal with the contemporary challenges of inequality and unsustainability. The glass bubble of learning in Indian Higher Education Institutions needs to be broken, to allow ‘new’ forms of knowledge to integrate with pure, academic knowledge taught at universities. Manipal University, Jaipur (MUJ) has taken the first step in this direction by entering into a MoU with PRIA International Academy (PIA), the academic wing of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), based in New Delhi,” said the press statement issued by PRIA International Academy, New Delhi.
This mutually beneficial community-university research partnership grows out of the Knowledge for Change (K4C) initiative, which is aimed at addressing the need for ‘new knowledge’ creation through novel/innovative means in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN 2030 Agenda.
K4C aims to bring about social change by building new knowledge through active partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and local stakeholders. In order to do so, the K4C Network aims to train the next generation students and professors on Community Based Research (CBR). Community-Based Research is an ethical approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process. Every partner contributes expertise and shares in decision-making and ownership of the research agenda to help find solutions to critical societal issues.