Shillong: The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has signed an MoU with the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis – IIM Shillong for collaborating as a knowledge partner for capacity building of state government officers and setting up a satellite centre of IIM-S in the state and necessary policy interventions.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday between Arunachal Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and IIM Shillong Director Prof D P Goyal, in the presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

Terming the day historic, Chief Minister Khandu said, “capacity building is the most important aspect of governance, and IIM Shillong is the best in the region in this context.”

He was optimistic that the collaboration would pave the way for creating a rich human resource that will augment the state’s development.

Khandu also hinted at having a similar collaboration with Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Mussoorie, which will be the first of its kind for any state in the country.

He invited the IIM Shillong team to visit Arunachal Pradesh in the month of August to explore and research potential areas for policy intervention.

“This association will make IIM Shillong the think tank for the state government, which will work in sectors like tourism, health, etc,” Khandu said.

“This is the beginning of a new era for our state – where it will focus on the development of human resources along with economic interventions’ said chief secretary Kumar.

Prof Goyal also shared his vision on the collaboration wherein state administrators will be trained in public policy and governance starting next month.

Among others, Arunachal DGP R P Upadhaya and faculty from IIM Shillong were present at the event.

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