Education on Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s India agenda

  • Brajesh Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2015 23:16 IST
Collaboration in higher educational ventures is expected to be high on the agenda for Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe when he visits India at the end of the week. (AP Photo)

Collaboration in higher education is expected to be on the agenda of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe when he visits India on Friday as his country is keen to attract more Indian students and academics.

While there has already been collaboration between universities in both countries, Abe’s visit could also see inter-government collaboration in the field and an agreement on the promotion of Japanese in Indian educational institutions, especially the IITs, could be signed, sources said.

“Language is a huge barrier behind Indian students not opting for education and research in Japan despite Japanese institutions figuring in the top 50 engineering colleges in the world,” an official said.

As against more than 100,000 Indian students enrolled in the US, there are just 500 in Japan, government records show.

The lower cost of education in Japan, as compared with US universities, has not been able to attract Indian students. The annual fee for an engineering course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is over $40,000 while the same course at Tokyo University costs $10,000.

“The visiting delegation will hold dialogues with their Indian counterparts on ways to increase the exchange of students between both the countries,” the official said. There has been flurry of activity between the two countries on collaboration in education recently.

The Japanese government named University of Tokyo the coordinator for the Study in Japan Project (India) in October last year and tasked it with delivering information about Japanese higher education to Indian students, teachers and parents. A number of India-Japan education summits have been planned for the academic year 2016-17.

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