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India US Education Council proposed to be set up

New Delhi
October 15, 2009
(Press Information Bureau)

Minister of Human Resource Development Mr. Kapil Sibal meets US Under Secretary of State Mr. William Burns

India and the US are proposing to set up an India-US Education Council. This Council is slated to include representatives of Industry and Education. The Council will coordinate the moving forward of bilateral relations in education between the two countries. This was discussed during the meeting of the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal and Mr. William Burns, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, here today. This meeting was held in the backdrop of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister to the US in November and that of Shri Kapil Sibal later this month. 

The US delegation conveyed that many universities in America are keen to know India’s roadmap for the education sector. The areas of collaboration that the two sides are looking at include research, distant education, vocational education, skill development, exchange of faculty, models of public private partnership and also expertise for the setting up of universities. 

In his forthcoming visit to the US, Shri Kapil Sibal proposes to hold meetings with American policy makers which include senators and congressmen, government officials besides holding meetings with some American universities. The framework of the proposed India-US Education Council is to be crystallized in this visit.