US, India focus on education and skill

  • Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 26, 2013 02:12 IST

India and the United States have stressed on collaborations and partnerships in technology driven education to meet the challenges in skill development and knowledge sector.

“We need to focus on providing education and skills to the children. I strongly feel that technology could be used as a tool to instil values in children, “the US Secretary of State John Kerry said at the India-US Higher Education Dialogue here on Tuesday.

The dialogue discussed various enhanced two-way student mobility, research collaborations, faculty development, establishment of community colleges, collaborations for cyber system and technology enabled learning like the Massive Open On-Line Courses (MOOCs). Emphasising on the need for new collaborations Kerry said that US was willing to forge partnership in various fields.

“This is a very important dialogue.  The contours have been outlined and now we need to take it forward. It is the third, so it is growing, we are learning where the important places of emphasis ought to be, we are learning where the challenges are, but there is a great deal we can learn from each other,” Kerry added.

HRD minister Pallam Raju said that education and knowledge is a key pillar of the India-US strategic partnership.”

The partnership offers a huge opportunity to use and share the experience and best practices in the development of institutions of higher learning and research,” Raju said.

Apart from signing four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), eight Joint research partnerships, 126 Raman fellows who will travel to the US  for post doctoral research, and ‘Connect India’ programme aimed at inviting students from US universities for short term courses in India, were announced.


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