City-based private technical education player Assam Down Town University (ADTU) has entered into an agreement with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Ireland, for joint degree programme in mechanical and civil engineering which will be recognised in both India and the EU member nation.
“Ireland is a major hub for biosciences, IT and other services sector and India offers immense potential for manpower in such segments. Our tie-up is based on mutual benefit and with this we also plan to tap the potential which is available among the student community in North East India,” LIT International Liaison Officer Paul Madden said.
He said LIT, which is an autonomous institute but controlled by the Irish government, has tied up with three other private universities in India, including two in Andhra Pradesh and one in Delhi.
“To begin with, we will run two courses collaboratively with ADTU in civil engineering and mechanical engineering from this year and then we plan to widen the cooperation. Students from ADTU will be eligible to join LIT for the last two years of their degree,”
He said that despite the crisis in Euro zone nations, Ireland has need for foreign students and workers from abroad in sectors like biosciences, IT and pharmaceutical sectors and overseas students are eligible for a one year working visa after completion of their studies.
“Besides students’ exchange, we are also looking at exchange of staff and joint research. In fact, we are also keen to send our experts here to Guwahati for a discussion to open a vocational training centre,” Madden said.
Speaking on the occasion, ADTU founder N N Dutta said the tie-up is intended to give an opportunity to students in Assam and neighbouring states to gain overseas academic and professional qualification. (PTI)