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Rahul was awarded Cambridge M Phil degree in 1995: University

April 29, 2009 14:15 IST
Amid a controversy over Congress leadert Rahul Gandhi's foreign degrees, the University of Cambridge has said the Congress leader was a student of Trinity College and was awarded an M.Phil in Development Studies in 1995.

In a letter to Gandhi, Vice-Chancellor Prof Alison Richard said she regretted the recent controversy in India over his qualifications and clarified that he was a student at the Trinity College from October 1994 to July 1995.

He was awarded the M.Phil in Development Studies in 1995, she said. "It is extremely unfortunate that a controversy has arisen regarding your degree and we would like to set the controversy at rest immediately," Prof Richard wrote.

Soon after Rahul filed his affidavit from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi constituency, a newspaper report had raised questions over his educational qualification which he had mentioned in his nomination papers.

The report also claimed that the certification from the university shows not only has he got the dates wrong he has even got the name of the course he took incorrect. Prof Richard added that Gandhi's conduct during his time at the university was "exemplary and he remained in good standing throughout".

Rahul's father and late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, also studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. PTI

Prasun Sonwalkar in London
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