India-Bhutan Current Affairs - 2019
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The Union Cabinet has given its approval to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bhutan on Technical Cooperation in the field of benchmarking, capacity building and bilateral exchange in Infrastructure Engineering.
Decision in this regard was taken by the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
- The MoU aims at taking forward India-Bhutan friendship treaty and provide an umbrella for scientific, educational and technical research and environment protection.
- It will also help Central Public Works Department (CPWD), a construction major under the Urban Development Ministry, to gain experience in construction of roads on hills.
- India and Bhutan have a long standing diplomatic, economic and cultural relation with each other.
- The India-Bhutan friendship treaty signed in New Delhi in February 2007 to further strengthen the mutual relations between two neighbouring countries.
- There are also ongoing Hydro Power Cooperation projects between the two countries which provide an exemplary template for mutual cooperation.
India and Bhutan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the noble objectives of the establishment of Nalanda University in Bihar to develop the institution as an international centre of excellence. Both countries signed a MoU in this regard in Thimphu after President Pranab Mukherjee held talks with the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Key facts of the MoU
- Nalanda University will be located at Rajgir in Bihar and will have the power to confer degrees, diplomas and certificates.
- Objectives and functions of Nalanda University includes the establishment of an international institution of learning that will bring together the brightest and the most dedicated students from all countries irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, ethnicity or socio-economic background.
- India will provide appropriate visa to students, faculty, and staff for travel to India to study or work in the University.
- The funding for the establishment and operations of the University will be on a voluntary basis.