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HE Open Doors Survey 2009 reveals that while India remains the leading country, for the eighth consecutive year, to contribute the largest chunk of international students to the US there has also been a sharp increase in the number of American students going to study in other countries and India is among them. The survey is conducted annually by the International Institute of Education (IIE) with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Pointing out the reasons behind the heightened influx of US students to India, Allan Goodman, president and CEO, IIE, says, “India is the world’s largest democracy but probably one which is least understood by Americans. Five to 10 years ago 70,000 Indian students were studying in the US while a mere 700 American students studied in India. Today the number of American students in India has scaled up to 3,000. But this is far from enough. We need more American students and universities to go to India in order to have a better understanding of the country.” The recent survey, which is based on international students enrolment in approximately 3,000 US higher education institutions, shows that Indian students constitute 15.4% of the total international student population in the US. Read More >>

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India fuels record rise in US

Led by India, America’s universities and colleges have defied the economic meltdown by posting the biggest increase in the number of international students admitted since 1980.

India, which has led the student inflow to US campuses for the past eight years, has for the first time crossed the one lakh mark in a single academic year. It has sent 1,03,200 students of a total 6,71,616 foreign students admitted during 2008-09 academic year, said the Institute of International Education (IIE) in its annual report, released on Monday.

India accounts for as much as 15.4 per cent of the year’s flow of international students into the US. With China following closely (98,235 students), the two Asian giants together account for 30 per cent America’s newly-enrolled foreign students.

Neither the US’s recession with unemployment currently running at 10.2 per cent nor the escalating costs of American higher education appear to have applied the brakes on the “Chalo America” trend. Read More>>

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75% Indian engineering students unemployable: Report

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Discussing a report by software industry group Nasscom which says that 75 percent engineering students in India are unemployable, education experts here on Saturday said that the Indian higher education system must give skill building and practical training equal importance as academics to give them an edge.

A.D. Sahasrabudhu, director of the College of Engineering, Pune said that one of the major reasons why engineers, even from reputed institutes, are not easily employed because they lack hands-on skill.

“The focus in most institutes here is always on academics and theory. Thus a mechanical engineer may actually not know how to change a part of a machine. Therefore even if a high scoring student gets placed in a good company, eventually that lack of practical knowledge catches up,” Sahasrabudhu said during a panel discussion at the sixth Higher Education Summit organised by Federation of of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).  Read More >>

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Business Of Knowledge

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While many disagree about how to fix Indian higher education, there is broad consensus that it is, to quote Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, “in a state of disrepair”. Most analyses put the blame squarely on the government’s shoulders. Higher education has been deeply politicised and as one of the last bastions of the licence raj, lofty rhetoric has typically disguised egregious venal behaviour.

However, much less attention has been paid to the role of business interests in shaping the direction of Indian higher education. Availability of skilled labour is a critical input for all firms, and hence Indian business has an enormous self-interest in the functioning of this sector. One could argue that just as Indian firms have been forced to adapt to chronic infrastructure shortages and disadvantageous labour laws, they have also adapted to the weaknesses of the Indian higher education system. Read More >>

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Sibal in US trip to lure universities

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Kapil Sibal will shuttle up and down the US east coast over the coming week in an unparalleled lobbying exercise to lure top American universities to India.

The human resource development minister is meeting government officials, industry representatives and the heads of at least seven top universities that he hopes to attract in a first-of-its kind effort by an Indian education minister.

Sibal’s focus will be on convincing top east coast universities to choose India as a destination — to set up campuses and to enhance collaboration with universities here — The Telegraph has learnt.

The visit is significant because India is in the process of legislating to allow — and regulate — the entry of foreign universities.  Read More >>

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Some reflections on the Yashpal committee report

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But what makes legal education distinct is its signal contribution to societal and national integration by offering techniques, arenas and platforms for rational, orderly and non-violent settlement of disputes and handling of conflicts. Unfortunately, legal education remains a low priority area of policy planning in higher education, despite the fact that legal proficiency is the vital resource sustaining democracy, human rights and rule of law. In this circumstance the decision of the Government of Kerala to appoint an expert committee to suggest reforms in the legal education system in the state, under the chairmanship of N R Madhava Menon, assumes significance. The report of the expert committee is now being widely debated by law students, law teachers and lawyers all over the state.  Read More >>

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What Have the IITs Done For India?

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“Harvard No. 1, IITs not in top 100” screams the headlines in DNA.On further reading, I found that IIT Bombay (due apologies to Raj Thackeray :-P) is ranked at 163 and IIT Delhi is ranked at 181. And what’s more, the Dragon beats the Tiger here too, compared to India’s two universities in Top 200 universities worldwide, China has 6.

It got me thinking, the more I analysed as to the possible reasons why one of the world’s, if not the most, difficult university to get in (based on number of applicants:admitted students ratio) is not even in the Top 100 and the reason is that it has been beaten because of the amazing infrastructure and research that has happens in other Universities. Look at the top 10, Harvard, Cambridge, Yale and so on and you know that the research emphasis is phenomenal and this is where the IITs will continue to fail, if they continue to operate as they do now.

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