Technology has come a long way in the last decade. Whereas traditionally we may have known what ‘job’ we aspired to do when we ‘grew up’, nowadays many of the jobs for the next generation may well not have been created yet.
“Researchers are at the frontier of this new wave of innovation and we are only just beginning to think about possible applications for these emerging technologies”—is what Dr David Halliwell, director of Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) at Deakin University, will dwell on when he delivers the inaugural lecture of the ‘Nalanda-Deakin Annual Lecture Series’ on November 10 in Delhi and on November 11 in Rajgir.
Nalanda University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Deakin University on the possibilities of having thinkers-in-residence and students, besides academic exchanges between the two varsities.
Dr Halliwell will speak on “Industry driven research needs in regional and rural communities”, throwing light on how smarter technologies are enhancing regional and rural productivity and what kind of research needs to be encouraged for the development of rural India in general, and Bihar in particular.
Recently, Nalanda University also signed an MoU with Bihar Heritage Development Society to conduct Rajgir Archaeological Survey Project (RASP).
The project aims to conduct an archaeological survey of Rajgir to better understand the archaeological landscape of this historical city through available antiquarian remains.
RASP will examine the multi-phased and multi-layered development of Rajgir as an urban, political and religious centre.
NU vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal said the findings of the project will be documented in the form of a monograph. As part of this, a workshop will be organised on ‘archaeological heritage, community participation and tourism’ on November, 12-13.
Another important event lined up is a seminar on “Xuan Zang and China-India Friendly Interactions”, which would be held in collaboration with the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata on November 7.
It will focus on the journey of Zang, a Chinese Buddhist monk and scholar, to India during the seventh century and his contribution in Buddhist exchanges between the two neighbours.