There is a growing increase amongst the Indian diaspora to invest and support education initiatives in India. The Pravasi Bharati Divas held a session on 'Education and Diaspora Knowledge Network' to urge the Indian diaspora to supplement the efforts of the Indian Government to make India a knowledge-based economy.
The Chief Guest, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D Purandeswari Devi, outlined the educational initiatives of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Mid Day Meals Scheme, which have attracted more students to schools. However, she urged, there is a long way to go as 7 million children are still out of school and about 25 percent faculty shortfall is being experienced. Diaspora Knowledge Network was emphasised as the next level of connected efforts of the community to tap the potential. Mr. S Ramadorai, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai urged that urged that the knowledge network portal should result in concrete collaborations and generate ideas and transform them into community actions.
This was followed by deliberations from distinguished speakers from across the world engaged in education and training.