Presidency University scaled a new height on Thursday by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trinity College, Dublin. This is the first time that Presidency inked a partnership with a foreign college after assuming the status of a university.
As a first step towards the collaboration, two postgraduate students of Presidency University will be offered Keventer Scholarship by MK Jalan, the consul of Ireland in Kolkata, to study at Trinity College for a year.
“The amount of the scholarship is 2, 50,000 Euros. Initially, only two students from Presidency University will be selected for the scholarship which may be extended to 10 students later. We are yet to chalk out the details,” said Patrick J Prendergast, provost of Trinity College.
“The main areas of our partnership will be those which reflect global strength.
The main focus will be on subjects like digital humanities, engineering, bio-sciences and emerging areas of research. The scholarships will go to bright students. The faculty exchange programme and student exchange agreement will take place as the first step of collaboration,” he added.
The first set of students will go to Trinity College from the 2013 session and will be awarded a PG degree by the college after studying for a year. Presidency University vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar said, “Department of geology of the university has an existing relation with Trinity College. The English department is also going for collaboration.” Since Trinity College has a one-year PG course, the method of PG students receiving a degree will be worked out, she said.
Presidency University opened a new chapter with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trinity College, Dublin which has a legacy as rich as Presidency itself. On Thursday when the Provost of Trinity College, Patrick J Prendergast signed on the dotted lines, it marked a beginning of partnership with Presidency University. To begin with, two students from post graduation courses in Presidency will be offered Keventer Scholarship to study in Trinity College for one year by M K Jalan, the consul of Ireland in Kolkata.
“The amount of the scholarship is 2, 50,000 Euros. Initially, only two students from Presidency University will be selected for the scholarship which may be extended to 10 students later. We are yet to chalk out the details,” the provost said.
He added, “The areas which reflect global strength will be the main areas of our partnership. The main focus will be on subjects like Digital humanities, engineering, bio-sciences and emerging areas of research. The scholarships will go to bright students and will benefit at the highest level. The faculty exchange programme and student exchange agreement is taking place as the first step of collaboration. Staff mobility and PG student exchange is the primary focus.”
The first set of students will go in 2013 session. The PG students after studying one year in the college will be awarded a PG degree by Trinity College.
Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University Malabika Sarkar said, “there are a few similarities between presidency University and Trinity College. Both are research intensive institutes and compact. Department of Geology of Presidency University already has an existing relation with Trinity College. Even department of English is going for collaboration with the college. This is only the beginning.”
The V-C added, ” we shall work out the method in which a PG student enrolling for two year degree course in Presidency University can receive a PG degree from Trinity University which holds only a one year post graduation programme.”
This is the first foreign college with which Presidency university has signed a MoU after it was converted from college to university. According to senior officials of the university there are a few more foreign collaborations in the anvil. (TOI)