Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TNAU gets its first U.S. student

This university has seen students from many countries. But not from the United States. That vacuum was filled when Megan Elizabeth Fenton from Penn-Yann, New York, walked into its portals.

She has travelled all the way to Coimbatore to pursue a master's degree at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). Megan registered as a full-time student for the post-graduate degree programme in agronomy on Wednesday.
While the movement of Indian students to foreign shores, especially the U.S., for higher education is on the rise with every academic year, the reverse is not comparable to it. 

Even some of the students who come from the country on exchange programmes do so for attending short-term courses. 

In this scenario, the girl, an agricultural science graduate from Cornell University, the U.S., has come to India on her own initiative. 

The university has nearly 30 students from countries such as Africa, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Iran and Iraq. Though their entry began more than four decades ago, there has not been a single student from the U.S. According to Vice-Chancellor P. Murugesa Boopathi, it is a matter of great pride.

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