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Pallam Raju, John Kerry create blueprint for education exchange

Human resource development minister MM Pallam Raju, after his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on India-US Dialogue said that both countries possessed ‘great potential to expand co-operation in education Sector’. Giving a road map for the collaboration, Raju said that this ‘includes promoting institution to institution ties, deepening co-operation in R&D, encouraging faculty exchanges and development of teachers.’

‘The blue print also includes promoting a two-way student exchange, skill development and give thrust to on-line education such as massive open on-line courses (MOOCs). We wish to make skill development integral part of the country’s education system,’ said Raju. He also laid stress on the US helping in the process of crystallizing the ministry’s strategy for institutionalizing the community colleges in India. Raju said his vision is to transform the country’s educational institutions into hubs of knowledge creation and promoters of innovation as also provide opportunities to its youth for their skill development and employment. Kerry said the two countries need to focus on providing education, skills and cultural values to the children who form the most valuable part of the future world population.

The major announcements made during the dialogue include eight joint research partnerships under Singh-Obama 21st century Knowledge Initiative; announcing the final list of 126 Raman Fellows, supported by the University Grants Commission (UGC), who are ready to travel to US Institutions for Post-Doctoral research and ‘Connect India’ Programme aimed at inviting students from US institutions for short term courses in India.
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