With the government deciding to set up 14 innovation
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday expressed keeness to forge an
alliance with leading US varsities in shaping the structure of the
hope that we can forge alliances with one or two top universities in
the United States for partnering with us in the
(structure) of one or two innovation universities," Sibal, who is on
a week-long visit to the US, said here.
Sibal would visit reputed universities in the US, including Harvard,
Yale, George Washington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
and discuss on partnership and collaboration with elite Indian
HRD Ministry has decided to set up 14 innovation universities in the
XIth Five Year Plan to push research and development. India is the
obvious choice for
investment, he said and added that in the near future Europe and
Australia would seek human resources from India.
early bird catches the worm," he said, pointing out that while the
US produced 75,000 engineers annually, Bangalore alone produced
65,000. As the service industry and the manufacturing industry are
already in India, the minister predicted that the education sector
would also follow.
the incentive could not be profit- motive although universities
could generate a surplus," Sibal said.
Recalling that 88 per cent of
in India that completed the 12th grade did not go to
Sibal stressed the need for more institutions to address the present
disparity and growing needs both in terms of higher education and
"What will they (students) do," asked Sibal and said poverty,
hunger, and illiteracy were not local issues. "It is time for the
global community to realise that they have as much stake in India's
success as India has in its own success."
also said that strong collaboration on the academic front was needed
between India and other countries to battle big problems of climate
change, health and poverty.
an interaction, Sibal asked the audience: "Why should Harvard come
to India? "The
of it is very attractive educate more people with less money," was
George Joseph, assistant secretary of Yale, said that while the
university welcomed the talks with the Minister, it was too "early
in the process" to foresee what directions the dialogue will take.
"Yale education is not complete without an exposure to India and
China. This cannot be achieved in one
lesson. An intense experience requires a strong connection."