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US bodies to join for proposed innovation varsities

US varsities are likely to extend their expertise in setting up of some of the innovation varsities in India and one such collaboration would be announced during the visit of US President Obama to the country later this year.



New Delhi: US varsities are likely to
extend their expertise in setting up of some of the innovation
universities in India and one such collaboration would be
announced during the visit of US President Barak Obama to
the country later this year.

This was discussed at a meeting between HRD Minister
Kapil Sibal and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in
Washington today, an official release said.

According to sources here, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology could partner with the government for setting up an
innovation university in energy sector. Further talks would be
held with MIT on the matter, sources said.

Sibal told Clinton that India will set up 14 such
universities which will concentrate on specific areas.

Seeking for collaboration between institutions, Sibal
recalled how India and USA had come together to establish
world class institutions like IIT-Kanpur 50 years ago. Though
the nature of cooperation is different, there is great
opportunity for the two countries to work together to create
centres of excellence, he said.

Sibal said the two sides could partner in setting some
of these Universities, one of which could be announced during
Obama`s India visit.

The HRD minister also took up with Clinton the matter
of setting up an India-US Education Council which will work
for furthering bilateral relations in education between the
two countries.

During his meeting, Sibal discussed wide-ranging
issues relating to bilateral cooperation in the field of
education.

The council will have academics, entrepreneurs and
government representatives as members and it will coordinate
the moving forward of ties in education sector.

The areas of collaboration that the two sides are
looking at include research, distant education, vocational
education, skill development, exchange of faculty, models of
public private partnership and also expertise for the setting
up of universities.

The two leaders also discussed the use of ICT in
enhancing the Teaching-learning capabilities, research
collaboration Biosciences, nano-sciences and other spheres.

Clinton expressed keen interest in India`s vision of
building an educated and skilled society and suggested
collaboration in areas of skill development as well,
particularly through community colleges. Clinton also welcomed
the proposal of India-US Education Council.

Earlier during the day, Sibal met Arne Duncan,
Secretary Education and shared his vision of education
particularly reforms in education sector.

PTI

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