The University of West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago, has started a ‘Understanding Global Cultures’ course as part of which, students will visit India every year to explore the country’s culture, heritage and development.
The course launch was announced during the visit of a 16-member delegation from UWI at the Indira Gandhi Naitonal Open University (IGNOU).
Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two universities will be signed very soon to facilitate exchange programmes for faculty, joint research and seminars. The 16-member group comprising of teachers and students from the University of West Indies was on a study cum exploration tour of India. Students coming to India as part of the programme will have to bear their own expenses.
This visit is a result of the Trinidad &Tobago’s Prime Minister’s visit to India in January this year. The Indian High Commission, to promote such visits to India, has waived the visa fee.
“The students visit at their own expenses and the aim is to give them an experience of the continuity and change within the Indian cultural heritage along with the most modern strides that India has made in recent years and it was the first time in any university in the world that such a course has been launched,” said Prof. Kapil Kumar, faculty-member of the School fo Social Sciences who also holds the Chair on Contemporary India Studies at UWI. The delegation visited premier educational institutions in Delhi, Shimla, Ahemdabad, Bangalore, Cochin and Gwalior. (The Times of India)