Obama visit may see announcement on India-US Edu Council

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 19:31

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama`s visit
to India in November is likely to give a boost to bilateral
cooperation in the field of education, with the two countries
planning to announce the setting up of a joint educational
council.

Summing up his visit to the United States, Union HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal said the India-US Education Council will
work for furthering bilateral relations in education.

Sibal said the United States is impressed with the
"massive" nature of educational reforms in India and is keen
to collaborate with institutions here focussing on skill
development and research.

The HRD Minister, who was part of the delegation for
Indo-US Strategic Dialogue, said "both the sides also talked
about whether it was time to recognise each other`s degrees.
It gives us more mobility."

He said teams from the two sides will now get together
and decide on the issue. "We will try and move forward."

The minister said American universities are keen to offer
their expertise in setting up of some of the innovation
universities in India.

India has told the US during Sibal`s recent visit to the
US that it will set up 14 innovation universities which will
concentrate on specific areas.

"There was a buzz about (educational reforms) wherever
we went," he said.

The minister said that US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton also appreciated "the massive nature of the reforms,
the vision and what we are trying to do in the educational
sector. It is unprecedented".

He said that in his meeting with Clinton there was a
"broad agreement" between the two sides that "we should expand
our collaboration" in the educational sector.

"They are very keen to collaborate with us in skill
development and research. The desire is to collaborate in
every level including school education," he said, adding that
the Virgina Tech University has already bought land in Tamil
Nadu.

The Stanford University has also shown interest and said
that they will meet in February.

Sibal said various US institutions are waiting for the
passage of the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill, which
allow them to set up campuses in India.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 19:31

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