(L-R) Dr. Darsh T. Wasan, Vice President International Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology, Jane E. Schukoske,Director, Master of Law Programs, University of Baltimore, Mr.Anand Sudarshan, CEO & MD, Manipal Education and Rajika Bhandari, Deputy. Vice President, Institute of International Education (IIE).
There was a lively discussion on the education sector focusing on 'Opportunities for Foreign Service Providers' in India. This session was Chaired by Anand Sudarshan, CEO & MD, Manipal Education and the panelist included Dr. Darsh T. Wasan, Vice President International Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology, Jane E. Schukoske- Director, Master of Law Programs, University of Baltimore, and Rajika Bhandari, Dy. Vice President, Institute of International Education (IIE).
The panellists threw light on the various needs of the Indian education sector with the focus being on teacher training, lack of soft skills, shortage of faculty and the need for India to move from theory based education to practical learning. The US runs various courses including online programs to update and upgrade the skills of the faculty. The same needs to be replicated in India especially since the country is facing an acute shortage of faculty.
Distance education courses are a good example of the important role played by technology in not only creating wider accessibility but also catering to the need for advanced education for people who cannot afford to go to the US to study. Teachers cannot be created overnight, but technology can be effectively and innovatively used to reach out to more people.
A very small percentage of US students come to India to pursue higher education in comparison to Indian Students who go to the US for further studies. The Indian curriculum should be made more flexible to accommodate US students aspiring to come to India for short term courses.
India allocates only 3.0 percent of its GDP to education which is half of what other countries allot. The Government should look at providing funds for development of education. India lacks in delivery of implementation. This is where the private sector involvement is very crucial.