On Wednesday, he spoke at a virtual roundtable on ‘Advancing India-US Education Partnership.’ The roundtable was organized by the Indian Embassy in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Atlanta, in collaboration with its five consulates.
According to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, India and the United States are natural allies, particularly in the field of education. He emphasized the enormous potential for strengthening collaborations between educational institutions in the two countries.
In Wednesday, he spoke at a virtual roundtable on ‘Advancing India-US Education Partnership.’ The roundtable was organized by the Indian Embassy in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Atlanta, in collaboration with its five consulates.
“India and the United States are natural allies, particularly in the field of education.” “There is a lot of potentials to strengthen collaborations between India and US educational institutions, particularly in terms of connecting industry, academia, and policymakers,” Pradhan said.
He stated that India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has increased student and teacher mobility around the world and encourages research partnerships and mutually beneficial educational collaborations.
“To align with the prime minister’s announcement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow,” he added, “India’s education system must be ready to align with global aspirations, and NEP 2020 allows for such alignment.”
Presidents, chancellors, and representatives from 20 American universities, including the University of Colorado, New York University, Rice University, and the University of Illinois, among others, attended the roundtable.
All American participants agreed that NEP 2020 was a welcome announcement and that removing restrictions, particularly bureaucratic obstacles, from the field of education would be mutually beneficial for both India and the US on all fronts, particularly economic.
Representatives from the majority of American universities stated that they would like to collaborate with India on specific topics of interest, including cybersecurity, healthcare, biotech, artificial intelligence, data sciences, agriculture, climate change, and sustainability.
They stated that they would like to encourage research collaborations and linkages with existing partners and explore new relationships with Indian educational institutions.
In his speech, India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, stated that the Office of International Affairs has been established in more than 150 universities across India.
New guidelines have been issued to help India’s higher education institutes advance in international research. Regulations for incorporating internships into general education have been put in place. According to him, the government intends to establish a national research foundation in order to improve the country’s research ecosystem.