MOU: INDIAN AIR FORCE AND SAVITRIBAI PHULE PUNE UNIVERSITY
Why in news?
- As a unique initiative of Indian Air Force, the IAF and Savitribai Phule Pune University entered into an academic collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a ‘Chair of Excellence’ at Department of Defence & Strategic Studies on 29 February, 2020.
- The Chair will enable IAF officers to pursue Doctoral Research and higher studies in Defence & Strategic Studies and allied fields.
- Savitribai Phule (3 January 1831 – 10 March 1897) was an Indian social reformer, educationalist, and poet from Maharashtra.
- She is regarded as the first female teacher of India.
- Along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule, she played an important role in improving women’s rights in India.
- She is regarded as the mother of Indian feminism.
- She worked to abolish the discrimination and unfair treatment of people based on caste and gender.
- She is regarded as an important figure of the social reform movement in Maharashtra.