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US univs to give degrees to Indian pupils

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 20:58 IST

To enable Indian students earn degrees in higher education from well-known US universities, the American Higher Education Inc (AHEd), a Cambridge based global learning solutions company, on Wednesday launched its Indian operations.

Announcing the opening of its Indian centre at Gurgaon, Founder and Vice Chairman of AHEd, Leonard J Hausman said, "We are ready to get engaged with private investors to open up similar centres in other Indian cities. If the Indian government shows interest and is ready to put in resources, we will think of entering into a partnership with it as well."

The AHEd, presently in partnership with Columbia, Harvard and Boston University, will provide academic counselling, admission and application support along with study support to the students here who aspire to get a degree from the US without actually going there, Nagesh Singh, President of AHEd India said.

The varsities will offer long-term, degree & certificate and short-term courses on a variety of disciplines like Financial Engineering, Earth & Environment Engineering, Nanotechnology, Intelligence systems, corporate and executive programmes et al.

"Our company will do the administrative job and the universities will do the academic job," Hausman said.

"Though currently the thrust will be on on-line teaching mode, we are in talks with these and other US-based universities to set up their study campuses here in India," Hausman said. Is is the first year of our operation in India, we would be targeting smartest of the students", Nagesh said adding fee structure for both on-line and on-campus courses would be the same and would be payable to the respective varsities.

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