New Delhi: The tone was beginning to get set for greater Indo-US collaboration in the education space, days before President Biden took over. A week before the inaugural, which also brings in several Indian Americans into the new Biden-Harris administration, academics from over 10 American universities held ‘exploratory’ discussions with India’s education ministry to deepen collaboration with Indian institutions.
ET has learnt that several eminent academics of Indian origin from these universities held a discussion with senior officials from the Union education ministry last week to discuss ways to increase the level of collaboration between the institutions in the two countries.
Academics from the Universities of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at Arlington, Georgia State University, Illinois, Houston, Michigan, Rutgers, Sturm College of Law from the University of Denver, Emory University in
and Florida were among the participants in the meeting, facilitated by the Indian embassy and the consulates in the US.
From the Indian side, officials from higher education regulators –– the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education –– attended, apart from academic heads from the Benaras Hindu University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIM Trichy and Symbiosis Institute among others.
“The idea is to open up collaboration across an array of institutes and in more areas as well. Currently, most Indo-US collaboration is in STEM areas. The meeting considered expanding collaboration between Indian and US institutes. This was the first exploratory meeting to discuss greater collaboration,” an official in the know said.
( Originally published on Jan 24, 2021 )