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January 2014

Pursuing an education in Canada

Hailing from India’s National Institute of Technology-Surathkal, Pragyan Hazarika spent the summer of 2012 as a Globalink Research Intern at École de Technologie Supérieure. It was during this research internship that Pragyan fell in love with Montreal, and more importantly, the limitless research potential Canadian universities offer students. Pragyan knew he had to return, so it was with enthusiasm that he applied to McGill University’s Electrical Engineering graduate studies program this past summer, a university he knew would offer a similar, well-rounded experience as ETS.

As a returning Globalink student, Pragyan was eligible to apply for the Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship which provides financial support to former Globalink Research Interns who return to Canada for graduate studies at select Mitacs university partners.

Now more than half-way through his first semester at McGill, Pragyan is researching under the supervision of Dr. Tho Le-Ngoc in the Broadband Communications Research Laboratory. Here, along with two PhD students, he’s busy working on full-duplex communication technology. Pragyan’s experience at McGill, thus far, has been exactly what he had hoped for: “The opportunity to work independently, and in collaboration with my peers, to explore my thesis while having an ongoing, open dialogue with Professor Le-Ngoc is a dream come true. Completing my Master’s in Canada will give me the chance to follow my passions.”

Upon completion of his degree, Pragyan plans to begin his career in Montreal, a city he now considers his home.

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of   Quebecfor their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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