The Bonhomie of the U.S. President visiting India has just got over and the Indian diaspora is still busy in deducing the gains and future consequences of the tour. Although, MHRD has already tried to substantiate the outcomes by releasing series of announcements for increased research collaborations and inter-university student exchanges programs, but these practices are already in place. So, here are some crucial takeaways from just held Namobama engagement.
- Inception of the Office of U.S.-India Higher Education Cooperation (USIHEC):
India is engaging with the U.S. at various educational fronts, spearheaded by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) which manages fellowships and institutional collaborations among the nations. USIHEC is new addition under USIEF which will organize seminars for U.S. and Indian higher education administrators to visit each other countries for two weeks. USIHEC will also foster enhanced linkages of educational agencies from both the countries.
- Creation of a Global Initiative of Academic Networks:
Education has been provided very small but significant space in Indo-US Joint statement by extending the voice of support to create the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN). Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already showed desire to create an agency in his last visit to the U.S. in September. The GIAN can be considered as an important step in enhancing the educational cooperation. GIAN will call 1000 Scholars from the U.S., who will visit to teach in Central Government Funded Institutions like IITs and IIMs. MHRD has vowed to spend almost rupees eight lacs per semester for every teacher.
- Knowledge Partnership for IIT Gandhinagar
IIT Gandhinagar is going to gain by the Knowledge partnership with the US Agency for International Development. The partnership will promote research and entrepreneurship capacity of the Institution. A similar kind of partnership was done for IIT Kanpur, for IIT-GN it will not include any financial assistance but will draw best minds from the US universities for academic assistance.
Higher Education Sector of India is highly deprived of the quality education and single visits cannot held it high but it can act as an icebreaker. Still, Over One Lac Students are studying in the U.S. and many others are aspiring to be there. As per conducted by IIM Bangalore, the U.S. is the most popular study abroad destination for Indian students but the scenario has changed in last decade as the percentage of Indian Students going to students has dropped to 53.6% in 2009 from 73.4% in 2000.
Similarly, India has also been selected as Study Destination and the UNESCO Statistics Institute data for Global Tertiary-Level Students flow shows that total number of mobile students hosted in India is 31475 with inbound mobility rate of 0.9.
So, the increased exchanges in educational sector will mutually benefit both the countries and the students should keep their fingers crossed for the best outcome of the U.S. President Visit.
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