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Ramjas on Ivy League list

delhi Updated: Feb 29, 2008 03:02 IST
Anuradha Mukherjee

Ramjas College in Delhi University has been selected by the International Education of Students (IES), USA, as one of the centres in India where students from Ivy League American universities will pursue different courses.

“US universities are looking for closer ties with universities and institutions of higher education in India. We are now looking at exchange programmes for faculty members and students at American universities, “said Rajendra Prasad, principal of Ramjas College.

“Last year, five American students came to study at Ramjas. Under this tie-up, our faculty members will visit American universities for two to three semesters. This will be great exposure for our teachers,” Prasad added.

A 20-member delegation of IES visited Ramjas College recently. IES is a global, non-profit academic consortium of about 80 American universities including Princeton, Yale, Harvard and MIT. Other member universities include Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Northwestern University, Rochester, Boston University, Columbia, Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania.

The consortium offers close to 30 study abroad programmes in 16 countries.

IES director (Delhi) Vibha Sharma said the consortium was actually looking at several other Indian institutions, including Jawaharlal Nehru University for building a network with Indian varsities.

“At the Delhi centre, we encourage language studies, which is basically Hindi, and area studies that includes Urban Studies, Economics, Art History and Cinema Studies, among others,” Sharma added.

Mihir Pandey, director of the Centre for International Education, Ramjas College said that while so far the interchange was limited to American students visiting India, now an actual exchange was set to take place.

“We will start with faculty exchange this year. By next year, our students will be able to visit some of the schools that participate in the exchange programme and send students to India,” said Pandey.