Lucknow: Ten American students have recently arrived at the University of Lucknow campus to immerse themselves in the study of languages and culture. This development comes as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the University of Lucknow and the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), New Delhi. The MoU aims to foster mutual academic collaboration, particularly in the faculties of Science, Arts, Social Science, Commerce & Management, and Studies in Indian Civilization, Indian Culture, Languages, and Social Sciences.
The collaboration between the two institutions entails various forms of cooperation, including participation in seminars and academic meetings, joint research activities, exchange of academic materials and information, and other mutually agreed-upon activities of interest. In line with this collaboration, the University of Lucknow is offering a short-term course spanning eight weeks to teach Urdu and Persian languages to the American students.
Today, an induction meeting was organized by the Office for International Affairs, which saw the participation of the following American scholars: Meredith Church, Elena Deegan-Krause, Kathryn Delgado, Nikash Harapanahalli, Nathalie Martinez, Julia Norman, Quinn Kanner, Hiba Siddiqui, Thomas Zugell, and Arivumani Srivastava. Professor John Caldwell, Residential Director from the US, accompanied the students during the meeting. Esteemed members of the University of Lucknow, including Prof. Poonam Tandon (Dean Academics), Prof. R P Singh (Director of International Collaboration and ISA), Prof. Syed Ghulam Nabi Ahmad (Head of the Department of Persian), Dr. Ahtesham Ahmad Khan (Director, AIIS Lucknow), Dr. Shahnaz Ahmad (Faculty at AIIS Lucknow), Ms. Fahmida Bano (Faculty at AIIS Lucknow), Dr. Aijaz Ahmad (Faculty at AIIS Lucknow), and Ms. Humaira Alia (Faculty at AIIS Lucknow) were also present. The induction programme commenced with an introduction to the University of Lucknow, followed by an induction lecture by Professor R P Singh on Indian culture and history.
Prof. Poonam Tandon, Dean Academics, expressed her belief that this collaboration will yield significant results in the field of linguistic and cultural studies. She emphasized the university’s commitment to effectively communicate our cultural values in alignment with the current scientific and technological advancements. Vice Chancellor Prof. Alok Kumar Rai stated that the American students will have the opportunity to learn the sublime ideals of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (the world is one family) on our campus. He reiterated the university’s dedication to providing world-class education combined with ethical values. The scholars are eager to delve into the study of Indian culture, history, philosophy, and the Indian milieu, in addition to their language training.
Professor SGN Ahmad guided the students on a campus visit, acquainting them with the university’s facilities and surroundings.
The University of Lucknow is delighted to welcome the American students and is committed to facilitating a fruitful and enriching learning experience during their stay.