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The Trinity South Asia Initiative

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The connections between Trinity College Dublin and South Asia are very old, reaching back at least to the establishment of the chair of Oriental Languages in 1762. 

Trinity College Dublin currently boasts a wide array of teaching and research relating to the region, as well as growing numbers of students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

In July 2009 Trinity College Dublin launched its South Asia Initiative, aimed at renewing and developing relationships with the region across the entire university from the arts and humanities to science, technology and medicine. It also aims to foster links between Trinity College Dublin and the South Asian communities resident in Ireland.

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The Provost in India

In November 2010, the Provost, Dr John Hegarty, and a high-level delegation from Trinity College Dublin visted India to strengthen links between College and a number of top-ranking Indian universities and institutes. They also instigated bilateral cooperation in the fields of teaching and research, including exchange of students and staff.


The Provost in IndiaThe Provost in India


Left: The Provost, Dr Hegarty, with Professor Surendra Prasad, Director of IIT Delhi.

Right: The Provost, Dr Hegarty, with Professor Pankaj Chandra, Director of the Institute of Management in Bangalore.


The Trinity South Asia Initiative

The goal of the Trinity South Asia Initiative is to make Trinity College Dublin the centre for South Asian Studies in the Irish Republic. The Initiative draws upon Trinity’s historical legacy and inherited resources; the growth of large South Asian communities in Ireland; the expanding commercial links between India and Ireland; and the substantial interest within Ireland in South Asian societies, cultures, politics and history.

The Initiative aims to encourage inter-institutional research and postgraduate links, the promotion of teaching and research relating to South Asia across Trinity College Dublin, and the development of scholarly and cultural outreach events relating to South Asia.


Recent news from Trinity College Dublin relating to India and the sub-continent

October 2010: The very successful Library exhibition The Irish in India ended on the 3rd of October.

13 August 2010. Indian Ambassador to Ireland congratulates Indian team on winning the annual Ranji Trophy Ireland.

25 June 2010. India’s Minister for Corporate Affairs speaks at Trinity Long Room Hub Glucksman Symposium.

June 2010. Library Exhibition on the Irish in India, ‘Nabobs, Soldiers & Imperial Service: the Irish in India’

28 July 2009. Indian XI Win 1st Annual Ranji Trophy Cricket Match

10 July 2009. Professor Amartya Sen awarded an honorary doctorate at Trinity College Dublin.

15 June 2009. Public Lecture by Former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam

2 February 2009. Indian Ambassador to Ireland Launches Trinity Indian Society

8 October 2008. Public Symposium on Colonial Connections: Ireland, India and Education

9 April 2008. Renowned Indian Author Anita Desai Speaks at TCD

14 May 2001. A lecture by TCD mathematician Siddhartha Sen on the topic of George A Grierson


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Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

Last updated 8 March 2016 by Trinity Long Room Hub (Email) .