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Presi joins hands with Trinity

Malabika Sarkar and Patrick Prendergast at Presidency on Thursday. (Pradip Sanyal)

Presidency University on Thursday signed an MoU with Trinity College Dublin to promote collaborative postgraduate studies and research in pure science, bio-science, social science, engineering and emerging fields.

This was the first MoU signed between Presidency and a foreign university after the College Street institution was upgraded to a unitary university in 2010. The pact was inked by Presidency vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar and Patrick Prendergast, the president and provost of Trinity.

According to the agreement, two-10 students from Presidency will visit Trinity College every year for pursuing a one-year postgraduate degree programme for which they will be offered a scholarship. The scholarship will be funded by Calcutta-based Keventer group and named after it.

M.K. Jalan, who runs the group, was present at Thursday’s programme.

The collaborative programme will start from the next academic session. On completion of the course, the students will be awarded degrees by Trinity College. A plan is afoot to introduce degrees to be issued jointly by the two institutions.

Undergraduate programmes, too, may later be brought within the ambit of the scholarship.

“We already have a collaborative project with Trinity College Dublin in geology and I think our new partnership will be richly rewarding,” vice-chancellor Sarkar said. Prendergast said Presidency was the first Asian institute to enter into a collaborative project with Trinity. The two institutes also plan to start a faculty exchange programme.