Kathmandu, March 24 Nepal Sanskrit University and Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies at Oxford University, England, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch exchange programmes for sharing knowledge and conducting researches. As per the understanding, both the universities will exchange Sanskrit manuscripts, conduct joint workshops and organise visits for researchers, faculties and students. “Realising the need for collaboration between the two universities, the parties desire to introduce exchange programmes for faculty and students of the two institutions along with the commitment to share knowledge and research works,” reads the MoU. The MoU was signed by Shaunaka Rishi Das, director of the Board of Governors, OCHS, and Kashinath Neupane, head of Research Division, NSU. Speaking at the MoU exchange programme today, Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen research lecturer of OCHS said, “Collaboration between the two universities will help promote eastern philosophy and knowledge in the western world.” Similarly, Neupane said the exchange programmes would benefit both the varsities immensely. He said, “The National Archive of Nepal can offer a large selection of rare, unedited and unpublished manuscripts which could be of great value for research in Indic studies.” NSU was established in 1986. There are 12 constituent colleges and 13 affiliated colleges throughout the country under NSU. The university offers, intermediate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral courses in Sanskrit language.