On February 18, 2019, Clinical Professor Niwes Nantachit, M.D. President, Chiang Mai University, the university’s senior administrators and the administrators of the Indian Studies Center, Chiang Mai University visited Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the largest university in India located in Varanasi, Republic of India. With the warm welcomed by Dr. Neeraj Tripathi, Acting Vice Chancellor and BHU's executives, the CMU’s executives have had a very productive discussion with BHU administrators about the promotion of academic cooperation in various collaborative issues including research and teaching In fields of Humanities, Social Sciences and Indian studies, student exchange in the short-term project (Workshop), exchange of faculty and researchers, joint master's and doctoral programs in philosophy and Buddhism and the development of undergraduate courses in Hindi and short course in Hindi Teaching.
On this occasion, CMU and BHU also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic and Research Co-operation. According to this MoU, both universities will jointly promote academic cooperation in research, teaching and providing academic services to society such as joint research project and joint industry/community based programs.
The visit to BHU of CMU administrators Is part of the schedule to visit universities and educational agencies of the Republic of India during 17 - 22 February 2019 to discuss academic cooperation. By this period, CMU administrators has scheduled to visit 3 leading universities including Banaras Hindu University, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), which is the main agency of the Indian government in promoting the dissemination and exchange of art and culture between India and other countries.