Friday, September 10, 2010

US, India finalize varsity partnership programme

Ahead of President Barack Obama's visit in November, the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative has been finalised with both the governments pledging US $ 5 million each that will fund university partnerships and faculty development. The Obama-Singh Initiative (OSI) was announced last November to build an enhanced India-U.S. strategic partnership in education. With the OSI in place it remains to be seen if the U.S.-India Joint Council on education takes shape or not before Obama's visit.

In order to implement the initiative, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the U.S. embassy in India will establish the Obama-Singh Joint Working Group with three members each from both sides. The JWG will finalise the governing policy direction and provide final approval for all grants that will be given by the OSI. The OSI will also identify areas for grants, determine the number and amount of grants, approve requests for proposals for grants, and evaluate and award the grants. The entire process will be transparent and merit-based. No institution will get more than one grant.

The U.S. embassy in India will contribute US $ 5 million to the United States-India Educational Foundation that will draft the request for proposal announcement for U.S. higher education institutions. The U.S. embassy will also administer grants to U.S. institutions whose university partnership programmes are selected by the JWG.

Source: The Times of India, September 10, 2010

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