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JNU joins hands with Yale university

Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) has signed an Memorandum of Uunderstanding (MoU) with Yale University of America so that the M Phil and PhD students from the fields of economics, finance, political science, international relations, law and contemporary history could pursue research abroad.

JNU has signed the MoU with the Yale Centre for International and Area Studies to administer Yale University’s programme ‘Fox International Fellowship’ in JNU.

S K Sopory, vice-chancellor of JNU, said, ‘As per the agreement, two Fox International students from Yale will spend a year at JNU and vice versa. The programme will be fully funded by Yale University.’

According to the sources, there will be selection committee at university level to nominate of MPhil and PhD students. Only after the recommendation of the committee, the students could be sent to Yale University.

Sopory also said, ‘The aim of the programme is to promote international cooperation by enhancing the education of future leaders from the disciplines of economics, finance, politcal science, international relations, contemporary history and law. And the goal of Fox International programme is to expand international scholarly exchange and collaboration in the areas of social sciences.’

According to Sopory, this programme will also identify and help foster potential ‘citizens ambassadors’ who will participate in guiding the world toward a more peaceful order.’

The students eligible for the year 2012-13 will be those who have joined MPhil/PhD or direct PhD programme in the monsoon semester of academic year 2011-12 or earlier. They should have completed three semesters of MPhil/PhD programme, but should not have completed more than six semester as on 1 January 2013.


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Wednesday said that it would soon be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Pakistani university to increase cooperation in education between the two nations.

Nazir A Sangi, vice-chancellor, AIOU, Islamabad, Pakistan, visited the IGNOU campus and held negotiations with Gopinath Pradhan, vice-chancellor of IGNOU, senior professors and administrative officers regarding collaboration between the two leading Open Universities of South-East Asia.

Both the Vice Chancellors discussed about using ICT applications in the Open Learning System, catering to the needs of the students in the rural areas and imparting values and ethics through the education system.

Initially, it was agreed that faculty and student exchange programmes should be started between the two Universities and the modalities for that will be worked out. It was also felt that cooperation and friendly exchanges in the education sector will go a long way in strengthening the relations between the two countries.

Nazir also visited the Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), IGNOU, and appreciated the efforts being made by IGNOU to democratise higher education and lauded its achievements.
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