Raipur, 15 June: UNICEF on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Raipur based Amity University (AUC) to establish a Centre of Excellence on Children, Women and Tribal development, in Chhattisgarh. The Centre will help strengthening technical knowledge and building the capacity of institutions and personnel, for improving child health, education, nutrition, safe water, sanitation, and protection of children in the state.
Job Zachariah, Chief of UNICEF Chhattisgarh said that the partnership with Amity University will support innovations, incubation centres, start-ups and big data analytics, to address the challenges and to bring about a positive change in the lives of people, especially in the tribal areas. “ The partnership will provide support to the Government of Chhattisgarh in planning, and monitoring of its programmes. To begin with, monitoring support will be provided to the government’s Jal Jeevan Mission, for ensuring pipe water in every rural house in the state. Youth empowerment and skill development of the youth are other areas under the MoU ” Zachariah added.
Dr Rajendra Kumar Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Amity University, said that the University is a major centre for innovation, knowledge and learning in central India. “ We will address the research, technology, management and evidence generation needs of Chhattisgarh, under the MoU with UNICEF” he added.
Dr Sumita Dave, Director of Amity Business school and Sweta Patnaik, UNICEF specialist attended the event, among others.