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US varsities keen to come to India

By A Staff Reporter

Presidents and Deans of many US Universities met the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr Kapil Sibal recently at Washington DC and expressed their desire to set up higher education institutions in India. They also appreciated the process of academic reforms initiated in India and said that they would like to be active partners in the growth story of Indian education.

Dr. Charles Steger, President of Virginia Tech, along with senior academics of Virginia Tech met Mr Sibal and informed him that they wish to set up facility near Chennai for research in three broad areas, namely bio-informatics, nanosciences and transportation studies. They also want to start select masters' and Doctoral degree programmes. The team of Virginia Tech, an important technical institution in the US, appeared enthused by the recent introduction of the legislation on Foreign Education Providers in Parliament and said that apart from starting own institution in India, they would also like to have collaboration with Indian institutions in other fields including medical education.

Mr Sibal satisfied their many queries on accreditation and other regulatory requirements and suggested that with India’s sustained growth rate of 8% to 9%, there is tremendous scope of development in urban studies, urban housing and transportation, architecture and planning and sustainable development. The challenge is to find solutions for problems in India which can be replicated globally.

Dr Spiros Demolitsas, senior vice president and CEO of Georgetown University alongwith his team, met Mr Sibal and briefed him about the progress made since his last visit in end October 2009. Dr Demolitsas said that they are looking at institutions and projects aiming at social science research and suggested two areas- professional and executive development for policy makers and business leaders as also research in emerging areas of climate change, and sustainability requiring inter-disciplinary approach. Mr Sibal asked them to send a concept note so that areas of mutual interest are identified.