Stage set for Indo-US educational partnerships

The Union Cabinet has approved a number of agreements between USA and India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US.
The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for the signing of a joint declaration between India’s Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the US, to initiate a new programme titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education.
Another agreement will be for cooperation and support to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Yet another will be on a programme for partnership for ‘active learning for young aspiring minds’.
“It will be an online education programme, and will be later integrated with national mission for education,” Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. This Indo-US Partnership for Online Education (IUPOE) programme will comprise a mechanism that will enable the top universities of the US (top 100 in global rankings) to create and share postgraduate online courses (and associated assets) on the Indian “SWAYAM” platform.
SWAYAM is an online platform of the HRD ministry through which online programmes will be offered to students in India.