Members of International Roerich Memorial Trust visited Institute
A Russian Delegation consisting of four people, headed by Prof. Victor Frolov, Deputy Director General, Museum, Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia, visited the Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Himachal Pradesh University Shimla on 25-3-2011 to evolve possibility of establishing collaboration with the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) for working on commonly identified thematic areas. Prof. S. P. Bansal, Director of the Institute interacted with the delegation and briefly highlighted the activities and accomplishments of the Institute. The delegation interacted with the research staff of the Institute. The matter regarding the collaboration between Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) was discussed during the meeting organized in the month of October with the concerned authorities of the state government involving Mrs. Manisha Nanda (Principal Secretary, Art, Language and Culture) and Dr. Perm Sharma (Director, Art, Language and Culture) and the finalization of the matter is in process. During today’s meeting is concerned, it was decided that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU’s) will be signed among International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and Government of Himachal Pradesh. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU’s) will be framed after mutual discussion and will be based on the mutual understanding of the organization/ university involved keeping in view the interests of all collaborating partners. To begin with, Formulation of joint proposal, exchange of Information & drafting of stages of activities for future collaboration will be undertaken jointly.
Prof. S. P. Bansal, Director, Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, suggested that future collaborative research can be undertaken on Socio-cultural Aspects (religious, philosophical, art, literary) and traditional myths, rituals, cultural values and response of two cultures to the changing scenario of globalization), Biodiversity, Natural Resource Management, Medicinal Plant wealth of Himachal and Climate Change Studies. However some more areas of common interest can be added to the proposed areas after the final approval of the government.
To begin the activities, the funding will be made by International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) as agreed by the delegation. Then joint proposal can be floated to different funding agencies including Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, for running the activities of both the partners. The Institute will render a helping hand for the revival of activities of URUSVATI Himalayan Research Institute. The delegation also met Prof. Sunil Kumar Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and he appreciated the efforts of both the partners.