USA and India have started a joint task force with stakeholders that has suggested the establishment of a dedicated workplace within diplomatic outposts. This step will assist global universities to set up branch campuses in respective countries.
Pennsylvania State University president Neeli Bendapudi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chancellor Robert J. Jones, University of California San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, University at Buffalo president Satish K. Tripathi, and Johns Hopkins University provost and senior-vice president for Academic Affairs Sunil Kumar were among the American members of the committee.
On the Indian side there was Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), according to the joint statement.
Task force has recommended that the USA and India require a coordinated approach to allure and retain international students.
Societal and Scientific “Grand Challenges”
The joint research institutes are keen on societal and scientific “grand challenges”, and increased people-to-people exchanges between universities/institutes between the two nations are among the suggestions that found a mention in the joint statement released by the White House, Wasington on 23rd June 2023.
White House’s statement greeted the proposal to set up “Indo-U.S. Global Challenge Institutes” that will boost collaboration between researchers between the two nations around challenges of interest, including areas of semiconductors, sustainable agriculture, clean energy, health and pandemic preparedness, and emerging technologies.
According to the proposal both governments, through their science agencies, will arrange a funding call for the mentioned institutes. All the mentioned institutes will get the same funding from government and private sources in respective countries.
This statement comes among a major boost in the number of Indians moving to the USA for their higher education. Indians are about to replace the Chinese students, then Indians will become the largest international student unit in the US
Keen Focus on Expanding Student-based Research Collaboration
The task force’s report, released on 22 June 2023, has nine recommendations. Besides the joint research institutions, it has suggested expanding student-based research collaboration, to give a huge push in internship and apprenticeship opportunities for Indian and American undergraduate and graduate students. The same also goes for post-doctoral researchers.
It has also suggested that Indian students, scientists and exchange visitors will be awarded multi-year, multiple-entry visas with the chance for state-side renewal to help elevate faculty exchanges, boost meeting participation and accelerate student enrollment.
On 23rd June 2023 Indian Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.“As envisioned by our leaders, the @EduMinOfIndia will work to setup Indo-U.S. Global Challenge Institutes to deepen research partnerships and people-to-people exchanges in areas such as semiconductors, sustainable agriculture,clean energy, health and pandemic preparedness & emerging technologies,”
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