The session on International Education Initiatives: Learning and Collaborative Opportunities laid focus on the views of experts from across the shore on the various global education initiatives. It highlighted the need for going beyond the Indian soil and exploring varied new opportunities in international education
India and Canada have similar issues in the higher education domain including ensuring access, quality, establishing effective relationship with countries, maintaining academic independence and of course skills gap
India is weak in internationalisation owing to shortage of seats in education institutions for its own students. Hence, attracting global students has never been a priority. Things are changing with a few models getting implemented. For instance, at Gujarat Technical University, there are 112 professors from various universities of Europe and North America who are working as adjunct professors, giving the global flavour to Indian education. In further initiatives, the Ministry of Human Resource Development recently decided that they will get 1,000 foreign professors to come and teach at central universities under a project called Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN).
India and Canada have similar issues in the higher education domain including ensuring access, quality, establishing effective relationship with countries, maintaining academic independence and of course skills gap. However, a sufficiently strong relationship between Canada and India in the sphere of education and collaboration either through student exchange, mobility, or research partnerships is yet to be established. I think we have a great deal to learn from each other and that is the main reason I’m participating in the WES 2015. It is nice to learn more about how India and its institutions are confronting the challenges of meeting the market domains on one hand and educating the population on the other. Exchange of viewpoints, perspectives and experiences would lead to a common advantage.
India is the third largest system of higher education with 27.5 million students. While enrolment in higher education has grown six times in the last 30 years, faculty strength has grown only four times, resulting in shortage of faculty and high student-teacher ratio. Our higher education sector today doesn’t have enough good quality institutions particularly technological institutions to meet the growing aspirations and the requirement of our present youth.
POINTS TO PONDER:
- Need to create strong hold in international studies
- Mixed faculty reaps in cultural and educational advantages
- MHRD to bring 1,000 foreign professors under the GIAN project
- Higher education challenges in India similar to those in Canada
- Ensuring access, quality, establishing effective relationship with countries, maintaining academic independence and skills gap
- Enrolment has grown six times in 30 years but faculty strength has grown only four times
- Globalisation has transformed the job markets and the careers