India makes major pitch for tie-ups with US varsitiesOctober 12th, 2011 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 12 (IANS) India is making a major pitch for top US educational institutions to collaborate with educational institutions in India, saying such tie-up would help solve not “just our problems, but also the problems of the world”.
The “way to move forward in education is to come to India, to collaborate and set up institutions and reach out to people”, India’s Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal said Tuesday ahead of the first ever high-level India-US education summit here.
Speaking on “Transforming India into an Education Hub” at an event organised by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Sibal acknowledged that India too has to “reach out” and create an environment for US universities to set up base in the country.
“You have a higher education structure which is the envy of the world, it has been at the front of all knowledge creation. US has the best academics all over the world,” Sibal said.
“It is time for you to collaborate with us because in that process you will participate in not just helping us solve our problems but helping us solve the problems of the world,” he said.
Over 300 higher education leaders, government and private sector representatives are participating in the day long education summit co-chaired by Sibal and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It also made good economic sense to invest in the Indian education sector as the return on investment in India is much higher as compared to any other country, Sibal said noting that while only 100,000 Indian students are currently studying in the US, India has over 200 million students who need quality education.
The mindset of the Americans that students should come to the US to study is the “wrong way of going about it” because the global economy and solutions are not going in that direction, he said.
As the world grapples with problems of climate change, poverty and food security; technology and research will play a key role in finding solutions to these problems, Sibal said.
As the centre of economic activity shifts to Asia, solutions to these problems must also happen in Asia, especially in India and China, which are home to about a third of the world population, he added.
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