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Wesleyan College and VIdyaGyan and Shiv Nadar Schools Partner on Women’s Education

Today, Wesleyan College and the VidyaGyan and Shiv Nadar Schools signed an historic agreement that deepens the relationship of the two schools from India and the first College in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.

Through mutual recognition of each other’s educational philosophies and commitment to liberal arts, the schools pledged to work together to support education opportunities for young women from India looking to study abroad and develop their skills as leaders in their fields.

“Wesleyan has been accelerating equality for women around the world since 1836. We’re proud of our history but know we still have a long way to go when it comes to leveling the playing field for women,” said Meaghan Blight, President of Wesleyan College. “I know that the students from the VidyaGyan and Shiv Nadar Schools are poised to use a Wesleyan education to break barriers and move the needle on gender parity.”

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding, Wesleyan College will offer students from the VidyaGyan and Shiv Nadar Schools an additional $5,000 on top of their merit scholarships should they choose to attend Wesleyan. The school will also host training workshops with educators and develop a Student and Teacher training exchange program as well.

“It is wonderful to be on Wesleyan College’s beautiful and historic campus to sign this agreement,” said Sundar Mahalingam, President-Strategy of HCL Corporation and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. “I was thrilled to hear about the ambitions and experience of the young women who are already students of this college, and am excited to see what VidyaGyan and Shiv Nadar students will do with their education.”

Wesleyan College is the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Accelerating equality for women since 1836, Wesleyan provides students with an academically rigorous education in an environment designed to build the strength and resiliency to thrive. Learn more at

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