Friday, October 29, 2010

Yale to bring global best practices here

Yale University on Thursday signed an agreement with two of India’s leading institutions, the Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K), to develop training programmes that will create academic leadership here. The programmes will be aimed at vice chancellors, deans and heads of various educational institutes, and will be facilitated through the setting up of Centres of Excellence for Academic Leadership (CEALs).

A series of workshops and training programmes will kickoff from January 2011, the funds for which will be channelled from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative which has a corpus of US$ 10 million in combined funding . The initiative was launched in November 2009 to create better ties between universities in India and the U.S.

Yale University will help shape the curriculum for the training, besides providing technical and research support, and even staff. As per the agreement, the implementation of activities and the newer areas of collaboration will be decided by a management committee comprising two members representing each partner. "Education is becoming more globalised every day. Local universities need to be exposed to global best practices to grow," said George Joseph, Assistant Secretary, Yale University. The Ivy League university has already been conducting similar programmes for academia in China.

"Indian business has gone abroad but Indian business education hasn’t," said Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM-K . "This is our chance to benchmark it. We will organise leadership programmes for vice chancellors, directors, deans and future academic leaders, to train them on managing educational institutions, generating funds for them and creating non-profit academic entities that are, nevertheless, economically viable."

According to Sanjay Dhande, Director, IIT-K, "The academic system in the country is expanding, and we need quality leadership to give it direction." He added that the programme is aimed to assist in grooming India’s academia to take on bigger roles."

Source: The Economic Times, October 29, 2010
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