Professor Prakash Persad, UTT President, and Dr. Deokinanan Sharma, NCIC President, hold copies of the Memorandum of Understanding, recently signed by both parties at UTT’s Tamana Campus. (Image courtesy UTT)

The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) to help strengthen the cultural identity of the East Indian diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago.

A release from UTT notes that the institution has made concerted effort to ensure that due respect is given to performance-based aspects of the culture, offering both Indian Classical Music and Dance under The Academy for the Performing Arts.

The UTT lauded the important role the NCIC has played in developing East Indian arts and culture in this country.

“The NCIC, for over fifty years, has rendered its services to the country by promoting and archiving various aspect of the heritage, and also by hosting the well-known Divali Nagar, a staple event dedicated to the upliftment and nurturing of East Indian traditions,” the UTT release said.

It added: “The formalisation of this partnership displays UTT’s commitment to a progressive future, and the University anticipates a cooperative and productive intellectual exchange to the benefit of all of Trinidad and Tobago.”

At the MOU signing event, President of UTT, Professor Prakash Persad, mentioned that as the national University, UTT encouraged diversity, citing the events and webinars which were facilitated for religious and cultural observances throughout the years.

President of the NCIC, Dr. Deokinanan Sharma, commended UTT for initiating the collaboration between both entities.  He observed it would aid the development and preservation of East Indian culture, and noted that both UTT and NCIC shared a common goal to “contribute meaningfully to society while showing respect for the diverse culture of Trinidad and Tobago”.