New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today
said some of the US universities have expressed keen interest
about the proposed innovation universities that are coming up
in India while a few have extended academic and financial
support for vocational education in the country.
He said two community colleges of USA, where he paid a
visit during his week-long stay in US, have decided to help
India in developing curriculum for vocational education. One
of the community colleges is the Foothill College.
"Wadhwani Foundation in the West Coast of US is also
willing to invest USD 20 million in vocational education in
the country," he told reporters here.
He said the Government also intends to provide
vocational training in engineering colleges.
Sibal said HRD Ministry`s move to develop a computer at
USD 30 for the student community has been positively received
in the US and several institutions and individuals have
extended support to the venture.
He said the proposed innovation universities was widely
admired when he visit to the University of California,
Barkley and Columbia University.
"They are excited about our innovation university and
are awaiting the passage of the Foreign Universities Bill," he
Virginia Tech, he said, has decided to open three centres
of excellence in Chennai dedicated to carrying out high-end
research activities and producing sector-specific talents.
The three centres of excellence -- the Centre for
Critical, Technical and Advanced Science, the Virginia Bio
Informatics Centre and the Virginia Transport and Technical
Institute -- would be set up with an Indian partner in
Chennai, he said.
Asked about the fate of a bill on checking malpractice in
educational institutes as it has been deferred for
consideration by Parliamentary Standing Committee, he
expressed hope that the differences will be resolved.
He indicated that he would be meeting the committee soon
in this respect.
Sibal had received a setback last week when the
Parliamentary panel had deferred considering the Prohibition
of Unfair Practices in Technical, Medical Educational
Institutions and Universities Bill, taking the view that
Government was not yet clear whether it has accepted its
recommendations for amendments in the Education Tribunal Bill.
Both the bills in question are linked to each other.