Posted by VoiceofSikkim on Sep 25, 2010
GANGTOK, September 24: Continuing to make a mark on overseas academic institutions, Sikkim University is set to send two of its brightest students for an international fellowship programme at Hiroshima University, Japan.
Aminesh A Lulam Rai (24) and Rabindra Mani Pradhan (24) currently pursuing M.Phil degrees in Sikkim University would be participating in the ‘International Environmental Leader Short-Term Training Programme for Sustainable Asia’ organized by the university in Japan. The six-month long programme consisting of nine to eleven students selected from India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia will be commencing from October.
Rai and Pradhan are the only students selected from India by the international screening committee of the Hiroshima University. The former has recently completed his Masters in the department of social systems and anthropology while the latter has also completed his Masters in the department of international relations/politics of Sikkim University.
The duo’s selection for the prestigious fellowship programme is one of the series of achievements notched up Sikkim University this year. The university had received its first overseas student from Japan University, Tatshuki Shirai (21) to study for a period of one year for this academic session at Sikkim Government College here.
Introducing the two students today to media, Sikkim University vice-chancellor Prof Mahendra P Lama congratulated Rai and Pradhan for being selected for the prestigious fellowship programme of the Hiroshima University. It is our pride to note that the Hiroshima University has selected two students from one of the youngest university in the country for this international fellowship programme, he said. When asked about the selection procedure, Prof Lama said that the Hiroshima University had wanted students from India for the fellowship programme. “Possibly other universities had also participated in the tests. We send the names of four of our students and two got selected from the entire country”, he said.
Prof Lama further informed that Sikkim University has been making efforts with universities abroad for student-exchange programmes. We already got our first overseas student from Tokyo and we are in touch with other universities in England for students from there to come and study here, he said. On his part, Rai said his name had been recommended to the international screening committee of the Hiroshima University. I had to write a 2000 words essay on climate change and we got finally selected for the fellowship programme on July, he said.
“I would try to understand the developmental mechanism of the Japanese social system which had been completely demolished during the mid 1940’s by an atom bomb. I would also seek to understand socio-economic and political progression in relation to environmental culture prior to the bombing and post bombing era through the prism of local and global lenses”, said Rai.
Fellow student, Pradhan expressed his interest in understanding the sustainable development and environmental management policies during the fellowship programme in Japan.
The fellowship, ‘International Environmental Leader Short-Term Training Program for Sustainable Asia’ is a short-term training to identify and develop environmental leaders who can address various environmental issues confronting the international community, informs a media release from Sikkim University.
In this training, students understand the relation between significant global environmental issues and local sustainable development and build capacity to identify problems from multiple and international perspectives through ‘International Cooperation Studies’. The training programme is part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students & Youths (JENESYS) programme which supports the exchange of undergraduate and post graduate students from ASEAN member nations.
Japanese student Shirai who is currently studying at Sikkim Governmetn College under Sikkim University expressed his good wishes to the two university students set to undergo a fellowship at Japan.