Friday, October 16, 2009

India keen on Indo-US Education Council

US under secretary of state William Burns on October 15 called on the Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal to firm up the proposal for setting up an India-US Education Council. Mr. Sibal is generally not even a whistle stop for senior officials of the US state department. However, with the government signalling its keenness to open up the education sector to foreign players, Mr. Burns’s second visit within four months is significant. The meeting focused on the proposed council. It will include representatives from industry and the education sector. Mr. Sibal will be travelling to the US later this month, ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit in November.

The areas of collaboration include research, distance education, vocational education, skill development, exchange of faculty, models of public-private partnership and also expertise for the setting up of universities. The ministry is keen to tie up with the world’s leading universities to ensure that its “innovation universities” are a class apart from the pack. Mr. Sibal would like to firm up MoUs with US universities to collaborate with the proposed innovation universities. Among the US universities that are being approached are Yale, Stanford and MIT. During his visit, Mr. Sibal will meet with American policy makers, including senators and congressmen, government officials and university officials.

Source: The Economic Times

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