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Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research hosted  Indo US Meet for Cooperation  for transformation in Education.  Over 65 delegates from US participated in the meet at  Welingkar Institute of Management Development of Research, Mumbai on 4th December, 2011 Sunday 

The delegates included policy makers , since it had around 23 state legislators and congressmen; corporates and academia. The delegates from education sector  included deans, president , vice- chancellors from over  a dozen of  American universities. 

From Indian academia, present on the occasion were Dr. Abhay Wagh, Deputy Secretary, Directorate of Technical Education, Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, Dr. Abhay Dadhe, Chairman- Shikshana Prasarak Mandali and Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.

Dr (Prof) Uday Salunkhe welcomed the delegates as he outlined  Welingkar’s role as a leading business school, sharing some of the brilliant achievements of its students and faculty at various forums across the globe. 

Dr Salunkhe  also mentioned that  he looked forward to   international cooperation  with United States  academia in the field of student internships and  exchange programs, faculty exchange, conferences and competitions , joint research, and consultancy along with management development program.  Welingkar Institute would  strive for similar tie ups  that make these possible. Welingkar Institute already has number of foreign students under student exchange programs.

Here it would be relevant mentioning  that the Government of India has indicated that it would be sponsoring, up to 1,500 faculty and junior scholars to leading universities and research institutes in the United States to promote development of human resources while also enhancing broader interaction between the two countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Abhay Wagh, Deputy Secretary, Directorate of Technical Education, shared  the state policy of giving priority to the quality of education , gender parity,e- governance , reaching out to masses  and  international collaborations  with foreign universities.

Dr Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor , University of Mumbai said that while we still have a long way to go to meet the educational aspirational needs of all the Indian youth in context of higher education. We need to provide higher education to around  25 million people in next 10 -15 years , going by the government target. To achieve the same  have we need to have  another 1500 universities and 50,000 colleges. The current status figures around   600 universities and  31000 affiliated colleges. This gap can be bridged only with concerted efforts of union  and state governments along with the universities and affiliated colleges. 

Facts and figures 

•University of Mumbai is one of the oldest university established in year 1857, along with Universities of Madras and Kolkata

•It has some  650 affiliated colleges with around 6,50,000 students studying 

•Around 171,000 students will graduate  from these this year

•In sixty years the number of those seeking higher education has increased from 2,28,000 to 13 million

•We have to achieve the figure  25 million in next 10-15 years

• We currently have 600 universities and 31,000 affiliated colleges 

•We need another 1500 universities and 50,000 colleges so to reach the set target of 25 million

•India's higher education system is the third largest in the world, after China and the United States

Among other dignitaries  present on the occasion were Mr V Rangraj, Chairman-Indo US Education Council, Mr Manoj Gursahani, President-Indo American Society and Ms Shobhna Vasudevan, Principal- Poddar College, Mr Sanjay Puri- Alliance from US India Business and Mr Naresh Chandra, Former Pro VC- Mumbai University and Dr Vijay Khole, Former Vice Chancellor - University of  Mumbai. 

From among the delegates Steve Lakis, President-State Legislators Leadership Forum expressed his thanks for  the warmth and hospitality extended to the delegates in India and particularly the traditional welcome given to them at  Welingkar Campus. Most of the people in the group were in India for the first time.

The event  not only created global  bonhomie but also brought to the table  concerted efforts of experts from diverse domains of the  two nations; this unison is sure to parlay into enhanced  collaboration  in academic sphere and thus unfolding a new world of opportunities and development in sphere of higher education.          

Take aways from the Meet 

•Discussions on education policy issues, as the meet had policy makers , corporates and academia to promote co-operation between US and Indian educational institutions.

•Discussions around partnerships between educational institutions through joint degrees, joint research, faculty exchange, and student exchange programme and other areas of bilateral co-operation. 

•Quality assurance and accreditation 

•Areas of interests in which the two nations would like to work jointly

•Encouraging expansion and deepened collaboration in research and development in the above areas between academic institutions of the two countries

•Fostering partnerships in the areas of  higher  education and skills enhancement to meet the needs of today’s world

The meet will probably prove to be another significant link in the dialogue process and efforts towards the Indo US cooperation in field of higher education and thus unfold a bigger, better and more concerted picture of  things  in the academia landscape. 

For more details on events please visit  http://www.welingkar.org
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