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Girls dominate Bee contest

A 13-year-old girl from New Jersey, Katharine, has won the Spelling Bee contest, while Indian American Rajiv Tarigopula finished fourth.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 11:59 IST

Education with an international perspective is the buzzword today. Schools have already jumped on the bandwagon with an increase in the number of International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools.

However, even schools affiliated to the Indian boards have a host of student exchange programmes to encourage interaction with the international student community. “It’s a global world,” said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan.

 SMART BOX

 Looking beyond

• DCE has 2 students doing 

  internship at  Cambridge

• Two others are at the Carnegie

  Mellon University

• At IP College for Women, four

  journalism students at Deakin

  University, Australia

• LSR ties up with Kinniard

  College for Women, Lahore



“We need more interaction with the world and excellence can only be achieved through better interaction,” said Bose, whose school has exchange programmes with Russia, USA, Britain and China.



For schoolchildren, the good news is that even after passing out, there will be opportunities aplenty for exchange programmes in Delhi University colleges. More and more foreign universities are seeking to tie up with their Indian counterparts.



Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) currently has two undergraduate students doing their summer internship at Cambridge University. Two others have been taken in as research interns by the International Robotics Research Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.



So what is the reason behind this sudden interest? The catchword, everyone agrees, is globalisation. “It is becoming increasingly important for Indian students to have some kind of educational interaction with their peers abroad,” said Mihir Pandey of Ramjas College.”



“We have many universities who want to take in Indian students and send their students to our universities to study,” said Anil Wilson, principal St. Stephen’s College. Shyama Chona, principal of DPS RK Puram, finds the trend encouraging.



“For students, culture and language are no barriers. If colleges take this forward, it will only continue the wholistic education that we are imparting.”