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Twenty-two students of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong will embark on a tour of Japan under the exchange programme ‘IRIS’.

The aim of this initiative, which is fully sponsored by the Government of Japan is to understand Japanese culture, technology in the fields of environment and disaster prevention.

‘IRIS’ is a youth invitation programme of Japan government, which invites talented young people from the north-eastern region of India.

The university on January 27 organised a programme for the 22 students at the campus.

“The tour is important for the students of the university in the backdrop of the central government’s, Act East Policy,” Dean, School of Economics, Management, B Panda said.

He said Japan is an important country to realise the cherish objective of the policy.

Panda said that the Japan trip for the students of North Eastern Hill University envisages the bond of brotherhood that exists between the country in general and northeast in particular with Japan.

NEHU Vice-Chancellor SK Srivastava said that the Japan tour for the students of the university will broaden their horizon.

“Japan is looking to invest in the Northeast and in the academic platform the focus would be on youth and higher education,” he said.

“Academic programmes in Japan and the northeast are similar. The students would be able to learn environmental, cultural, and scientific and disaster related issues,” he added.

North Eastern Hill University authorities also informed that said that in course of time, the university will introduce a certificate course in Japanese, which will be funded by JICA.

The 22 North Eastern Hill University students will depart for Japan on January 31 from New Delhi and will be staying in Japan from February 1 to 8.

The students will be visiting, the Tokyo Rinaki Disaster Prevention Park, Tokyo Hydrogen Museum, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Hypocenter Cenotaph, Mt Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall, attend a lecture of atomic bomb survivors and also pay a courtesy call to the Embassy of India in Tokyo.

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