A proposal for a university exclusively for non-resident Indians (NRIs) and people of Indian origin (PIOs) is ready and awaiting the crucial nod of the Indian Cabinet.
Disclosing this at the first ever International Gujarati Convention hosted by the Gujarati Association of North America (GANA) in New Jersey, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said the endeavour would be a joint venture between the Indian government and the Indian diaspora spread across the world.
Ravi, who was the guest of honour at the event held over the last weekend, said modalities relating to admission and other details were being worked out in close coordination with the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Indian diaspora, spread across 110 countries in the world, is 25 million strong.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who was also present on the occasion, announced direct flights between New Jersey and Ahmedabad.
"Somewhere in the middle of next year you will have direct flights to Ahmedabad. We will see that at least your Newark flight goes to Ahmedabad instead of Mumbai," Patel was quoted as saying in a press release.
The event also saw the conferment of the Sardar Patel Garva Gujarati award on six distinguished personalities.