‘Policy framework needed for Indo-US edu ties’

A top US government official on Thursday stressed the need for a "policy framework" to facilitate exchange of students between both countries.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 21:28 PM IST

Chennai: Citing education as a sector with
"immense potential" for joint Indo-US cooperation, a top US
government official on Thursday stressed the need for a "policy
framework" to facilitate exchange of students between both
countries.
"There is a need for a policy framework so that
universities from the United States can work with Indian
Universities through a joint venture," US Commerce Department
Director General and Assistant Secretary to Trade Promotion
Suresh Kumar said at a seminar organised by Indo-American
Chamber of Commerce (Tamil Nadu) unit here.

Leading a 21-member delegation, he said due to lack of a
policy framework opportunities to have a joint participation
with Indian Universities was limited.

"Education is a sector with immense potential for joint
Indo-US ventures. This needs to be tapped in order to attract
more Indian students to the US and vice-versa," he said.
"There are 1,04,897 Indian students in the US,
representing 15 per cent of international students there.
India is now the second leading country of origin of students
in the US after China," Kumar said.

The event also saw an agreement being signed between
Seidmann College of Business, Grand Valley State University,
Michigan and The National Management School to facilitate
exchange of students between both countries.

PTI