“India: The Global Destination for Higher Education” conclave hosted by IIT Kharagpur Alumni Foundation (India) concludes

New Delhi: India is positioned at the dismal state in attracting foreign students.  The time has come to change the mind set of Indians so that they stop going to lesser known universities abroad just in the name of foreign education. The target is at least to reduce the outflow of about $16 bn per year by about 2.5 lakhs Indian students studying abroad and Indian universities and colleges to attract students from all over the world to earn about $20 bn every year. The focus is on just top 10% of Indian Universities and Colleges both Government and Private to attract foreign students and even faculty from all over the world.

Amid this environment, International Conclave on “India: The Global Destination for Higher Education” was held at New Delhi on Saturday, June 10, 2017, was organized by IIT Kharagpur Alumni Foundation (India) in collaboration with Pan IIT Alumni India. The objective of this International Conclave was to usher in an atmosphere of Excellence and Quality in our top 10% institutes of higher learning so that they start attracting the best students from all over the world and thus India becomes once again a Global Destination for Higher Learning. One of the Key objectives of this conclave was to put in place a joint Task Force of the MHRD & Educational Institutions to achieve this goal.

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Minister of State Higher Education Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the conclave as the Chief guest and HRD Minister Mr.Prakash Javadekar addressed audience through Video telecast.

Through his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association and the Pan IIT Alumni Association for organising this international conclave which is a subject of great vitality. He mentioned that historically, in a ‘Gyaan Yuga’ or an era of knowledge, India has shown the way to humanity. The 21st century, being an era of knowledge is a time of immense opportunity for India to once again make a mark as a centre of quality education. India as a home for the brightest minds have made a mark through their quality research and academic excellence. India also being producer of the sharpest young minds creating academic curiosity. Its the time to harness these strengths and nurture quality institutions to groom thoughts leaders of tomorrow.

HRD Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar via his Video address mentioned that there is a new dynamism and vigour in the area of higher education in India. Soon India will be a Global Destination again for Higher Learning and occupy its rightful place of being called Vishwaguru.

While inaugurated the conclave chief guest, Minister of State Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey expressed pleasure to see top academicians on one platform to usher in an atmosphere of excellence and quality of top 5 institutes of higher learning to attract the best students from all over the world.

The conclave was attended by Directors from IITs, IIMs, NITs, IIITs and Chancellors/Vice Chancellors of reputed government and private universities that have the potential to attract foreign students. Some top policy makers, academicians, and corporate leaders also attended the conclave.

There were four sessions for discussion – Challenges and Opportunities for Government Institutions focusing on quality of education, Contribution of Private Sector Institutions and future plan to focus on creating International level infrastructure and the outreach programs ,Global Alliances- Opportunities and Challenges to focus on international students and Likely challenges and explore possibilities of joint programs, exchange of faculty and students and National Policy and Initiatives for Indian Institutions to map the way forward.

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