Education Cooperation Between India and USA Gives Dlearning Opportunities
IndiA & USA - Last Friday in Washington D.C., the Indian Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal, set forth a five point plan for the involvement of the private sector in higher education cooperation between the two nations...
|India & USA - Last Friday in Washington D.C., the Indian Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal, set forth a five point plan for the involvement of the private sector in higher education cooperation between the two nations.|
The plan focussed on creating innovative ways of using US–India cooperation to provide Indian citizens with a better education system.
This discussion was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the US–India Busisness Council (USIBC) and was held in close proximity to the US–India Higher Education summit which took a day earlier on the 13th of October.
Sibal opened the conference by saying that the two nations should establish the foundations of learning for the 21st century, with their governments providing a grounding on which the private sector can facilitate the provision of education content. He also proposed that US and Indian universities cooperate on Research and Development, thereby cutting costs by two-thirds.
He also proposed a system of cooperation through which the Indian private sector would provide the infrastructure for new Indian Universities. These privately funded universities would use American scholars to provide the teaching functions within each institution.
The minister indicated that US companies such as Ford and Motorola who operate within India should set up education centres at which US and Indian students could study.
Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State, Robert O. Blake, commented that these developments would give rise to a large number of opportunities for more people to become involved in the higher education sector. He gave examples of the new opportunities which would arise, such as Dlearning and Elearning programmes. He mentioned the possibility that the authorities could further synchronise the two nation's education systems.
Nirupama Rao, who is India's US Ambassador, spoke of how education is pivotal in enabling disadvantaged populations to improve their lives. Due to the size of the Indian nation, he said the country needs more innovative practices to help education reach more people, something which the US is well placed to help with.
For India, this is a great opportunity to make use of the technology through a collaboration with the US. This should give rise to greater usage of technology for Dlearning, making it even more accessible and easy to use. This development will help to set the direction for the way in which India and America will provide 21st century education for their citizens.
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