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For promoting cooperation and collaboration between Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Surindra Rajabhat University Regional Development Strategies (SRRURDS) Foundation of Surin Province, North East of Thailand and Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College (MLBC) in Arunachal Pradesh. The MoU was signed yesterday in line with the development of friendly international cooperation with mutual interests in developing programmes of academic exchange and for establishing a long-term mutually beneficial association between the two institutes for fostering cordial relations between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand, an official release said here today. The MoU was signed by Associate Professor Achara Phanurat, Ex-President of Surindra SRRURDS Foundation and Ven Bhikkhu Panyaloka, Director of MLBC in presence of the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Tharadol Thongruang, Minister Councillor, Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi. As per the MoU, both the institutes agreed to carry out the activities in academic and research cooperation, cultural activities for international development in educational institutions using international journals, magazines as a stage for academic exchange. Terming the step as 'significant' Mein said, "The MoU has taken the Act East Policy in high spirit.
The state government is committed to bring Act East Policy into practical. "This is like a family re-uniting," Thongruang said and expressed hope that the small step would expand in a big way in coming days. He said that Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand were very close to each other, separated by few mountains. The old routes that links Arunachal Pradesh and North East of Thailand could be re-opened for building better relationships in future, he pointed out.
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