India and the United States are natural allies, especially in the field of education: Dharmendra Pradhan


India and the United States are natural allies, especially in education, said Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. He stressed that there is immense potential to strengthen collaborations between educational institutions in the two countries.

He was speaking on Wednesday at a virtual panel discussion on “Advancing the India-US Education Partnership”. The roundtable was organized by the Embassy of India in association with its five consulates in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta.

“India and the United States are natural allies, especially in the field of education. There is great potential to strengthen collaborations between Indian and American educational institutions, especially in interdependent industry, universities and policy makers, ”Pradhan said.

He said India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has opened up the mobility of students and teachers across the globe and encourages mutually beneficial research partnerships and educational collaborations.

“To align with the Prime Minister’s announcement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the Indian education system must be ready to align with global aspirations and NEP 2020 allows for such alignment,” he added. .

The roundtable brought together presidents, chancellors and representatives from 20 US universities including the University of Colorado, New York University, Rice University and the University of Illinois, etc.

All American participants agreed that NEP 2020 was a welcome announcement and that removing restrictions, especially bureaucratic hurdles, in education would be mutually beneficial for India and the United States on all fronts. , especially economic.

Representatives from most US universities said they would like to partner with India on some specific topics of interest – cybersecurity, healthcare, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, data science, agriculture, climate change and sustainability. .

They said they would like to encourage collaborations and research links with existing partners as well as explore new relationships with educational institutions in India.

In his speech, Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that an international affairs office has been set up in more than 150 universities across India.

New guidelines have been issued for Indian higher education institutes to advance research internationally. Regulations for the integration of internships into general education have been put in place. The government is proposing to create a national research foundation to further improve the research ecosystem in the country, he said.

“All of this offers enormous opportunities for American institutions. We could now consider two-way student and research mobility: American students can take short courses or certain semesters at Indian institutions. We could definitely have more student and academic exchanges as well as joint research programs, ”said Sandhu.

“Educational institutions from both countries can also explore joint projects in third countries, especially in Africa, Latin America and the Indo-Pacific. Senior political leaders from both countries have spoken about it, ”he said.

University Grants Commission Chairman DP Singh, Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Jawaharlal University Vice Chancellor Nehru Jagadesh Kumar and others attended the table round.

Indian speakers noted that now is the right time to take advantage of the Indo-American partnership and their common areas of interest, with education being the most important of all.

In recent times, India has intensified its interactions with American educational institutions. Ambassador Sandhu alone has interacted with more than 120 university presidents.

The embassy has organized several interactions between educators and experts from India and the United States to explore ways to deepen the educational partnership.


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