Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3 Day India-US Summit on Higher Education

The city of Mumbai is all set to host a three day India-US higher education summit on July 30 to celebrate the completion of 25 years of the Indo-American Society. Union Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal will inaugurate the event that is expected to strengthen Indo-US relations on education front.

Marking the golden jubilee of the society, this event is aimed at creating collaborations and exchange programs between education institutions, students and faculty from India and US. It will offer participants with brilliant opportunities to get together with important business, political and academic personalities at both national and international levels.

The Indo-US society works on creating frameworks of government policy and partnership models. It also helps in gaining access to networks that enable education providers to explore the huge untapped demand growing everyday. Over a lakh students from India go to US for higher education while several more lakhs wish to do so. This offers immense opportunities to education institutes in US to attract a huge chunk of Indian students to their country.

The primary objective of the three-day summit is to promote the Indo-US society as a facilitator of knowledge cultivation and talent development. It is expected to serve as a catalyst for research and technology that will be of value to students planning to pursue higher education. Moreover, the summit would focus on implementing policies that can bring change in the current education paradigm to match international standards. This involves increasing access and enhancing quality of India-US higher education which would remain the predominant issues in the meet.

The India-America Summit is to be held in Mumbai at Hotel Grand Hyatt, chaired and addressed by prominent personalities from various educational institutions. Some of them are Vijay Khole, former vice-chancellor of Mumbai University; Sarah Farley, COO, Global Knowledge Initiative; Bala Balachandran, faculty, Kellogg School of Management; Joel M. Rodney, chancellor, Pennsylvania State University; N. Jadhav, member, Planning Commission of India and others.


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