Private Varisties, Global Aspirations

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Dr Ravi GuptaWith the recently held India-US Higher Education Dialogue in New Delhi, and the big announcement of eight collaborative projects between the US and Indian universities under the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, time wouldn’t have been more ripe for the Indian education system to grab the global limelight. In this date and age India cannot afford to miss out on the significance of global cooperation in education.

Student and faculty exchange programmes, collaborative research projects, joint skill development courses, technology-enabled education and online courseware are the various strategies through which universities are forging ahead with global collaborations. The latest MoUs signed between the AICTE and American Association of Community Colleges on Cooperation on Community Colleges and between IIT-Bombay and edX on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are steps in this direction.

However, with India’s education system gasping under the humungous demand from a young and burgeoning population, it’s not going to be an easy task. The journey cannot be completed without the inevitable support from the Private and Deemed Universities. Equipped with the global best practices, technology- enabled pedagogy and linkages with the industry, Private Universities
have the potential to take the Indian higher education system to new heights.

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With this vision, we have come up with a Ranking Special of India’s Top 60 Private and Deemed Universities. Based on the six key parameters of Sustainability, Infrastructure, Academic Reputation, Academic Excellence, Faculty and International Exposure, these universities were rated across all four zones of India. The issue also carries tech focus on digital classrooms. The story highlights experience of schools with digital classrooms and with private companies’
initiatives to create a digital learning environment. In this issue, we are also bringing you a special feature on Cloud Computing.

On July 23-24, we are organising eINDIA 2013 event at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad. This would be the 9th edition of eINDIA with four parallel tracks on Education, e-Governance, Healthcare and PSUs. The Government of Andhra Pradesh is co-hosting eINDIA 2013 along with Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd. The event is being supported by large number of government organisations.

We look forward to your presence at eINDIA 2013.

Dr Ravi Gupta

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