The first-ever Education Summit between India and Canada ended at Carleton University in Ottawa with the two sides pledging themselves to deepen ties in research and higher education.
The summit was held jointly by the Indian High Commission, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Shastri Indo-Canadian
Institute, which promotes educational ties between India and Canada.
Daggubati Purandeswari, minister of state for human resource development, said the summit will further deepen the India-Canada relationship in education and research which received a major boost with the signing a higher education accord by the two countries last year during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Canada for the G20 summit.
“The relationship between the two countries has come so far over the past five years. We look forward to accelerating deliverables as part of the Canada-India Memorandum of Understanding in higher education cooperation,’’ said Purandeswari who headed the Indian delegation.
She said the Indian government has introduced various legislative measures, including the Right to Education, to take education to the masses.
In his plenary address, Canadian foreign minister John Baird said the Education Summit is “an important step in developing bilateral academic relations after the signing of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Education during PM Manmohan Singh’s visit in June last year.’’
He said the newly created Canada-India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy will raise awareness about bilateral studies and public diplomacy, and develop initiatives to build a better understanding of both countries.
Indian High Commissioner SM Gavai highlighted India’s thrust on education to sustain its high levels of development.
“I strongly believe that foreign universities can add enormous value to what we would be doing in India.’’ the Indian envoy said.
Prominent participants from India included ‘Green Revolution’ pioneer MS Swaminathan, UGC chairman Ved Prakash, IGNOU vice chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai, Delhi University vice chancellor Dinesh Singh, Calcutta University vice chancellor Suranjan Das, Panjab University vice chancellor RC Sobti and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute president Sunaina Singh.
SNDT opens admission to various courses
The Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, recently announced the opening of admissions to various courses for the new academic session. This set of courses also includes a two-year master’s degree in social exclusion and inclusive policy studies. The eligibility for this course is graduation in any discipline. The annual fee for the course is R5,000.
The university is also offering a one-year post-graduate diploma in NGO management, the eligibility for which is graduation in any discipline. The medium of instruction is English. However, students have the option to write papers in Hindi, Marathi or Gujarati. The fee for this course is R5,000. The university has also started a six-month certifcate course in working with socially excluded communities. One requires an SSC for this course. The cost of the course is R1500 and the medium of instruction is Marathi. The last date for application for all courses is June 30.