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Kerala signed MoU with the Netherlands for “Cosmos Malabaricus” Project

Kerala and the Netherlands have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the ‘Cosmos Malabaricus’ project. This study will contribute to a better understanding of Kerala’s history in the 18th century.

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Key Points:

  • In Malappuram and Kollam, the state will also collaborate with the Netherlands to establish paint academies.
  • The agreements were inked in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Dutch Ambassador to India Marten van den Berg.
  • The Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR), which is part of the Department of Higher Education, the University of Leiden, and the National Archives of the Netherlands, is carrying out this project.
  • The amount of time it will take to accomplish this project
  • This project will take six years to complete.

About the Project:

  • This research will focus on the 18th-century Dutch documents on Malabar, which are often regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on the period in Kerala from 1643 to 1852.
  • The documents are available in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and the Netherlands, and are written in the ancient Dutch language.
  • Students from Kerala will be able to study Master of Arts programmes at Leiden University as part of this project, while students from the Netherlands will be able to complete an internship at the KCHR.
  • In addition, each year, Leiden University and KCHR will host a two-week summer school on a topic linked to Kerala’s history.

Aim of the Project:

  • The project’s goal is to make digitised Dutch archival information accessible to a wide range of audiences, including Indian and foreign experts as well as Kerala residents.
  • The materials will be translated, and English summaries will be made available.
  • The materials will aid in the comprehension of Kerala’s social, political, cultural, and economic history.

AkzoNobel India Limited, a renowned chemical and paint manufacturer in India with a Dutch subsidiary, and ASAP (Additional Skill Acquisition Program), Indian Institute of Infrastructure & Construction, Kollam; CREDAI, Kerala, have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the paint school. The paint academy, which will be built on the IIICC campus in Chavara, Kollam, would provide training in painting structures. The institution, which will be located at ASAP Skill Sky Park in Thavanur, Malappuram, would provide instruction in vehicle painting. 380 persons will be trained in the first year.

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