US wants more of its students in India
Observing that there was an "imbalance" in educational exchange with India, US today favoured more of its students coming to India to study.
"There is a great educational relationship between the two countries. While the positive side is that there are about 80,000 Indian students in our country, the negative aspect is that only 1000 US students are studying in India," US Ambassador David Mulford said in New Delhi.
"When we have so many US students in Europe, I don't know why we shouldn't have that kind of development between India and the US," he said inaugurating the renovated office building of United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI) in the capital.
Mulford said Indo-American relations have blossomed into a "major strategic relationship", especially after US President George Bush's visit.
He also noted that with the Bush visit the two countries had embarked on a "constructive relationship" that has "mutual interests and shared values".
Mulford, who is the honorary chairman of USEFI, said USEFI helped in fostering research, lecture and study through their fellowships for Indian and American citizens.
The new building is billed as a "model workplace" with four floors constructed on 10,000 square feet land, equipped with an audio visual system, digital video conferencing, projection systems and a cafe to boot.
During the year 2004-05, USEFI assisted 127 Indian and 130 US scholars.