Exchange Study Tours
Forest – PLUS is a USAID funded five-year sustainable landscapes program supporting the Government of India (GOI), under the Partnership for Land Use Science program (Forest-PLUS) awarded to Tetra Tech. The Forest-PLUS Program includes study tours to the U.S. The first study tour comprised of 10 Indian forest experts who attended a 2 week program in December 2013 steered by Michigan State University focused on an introduction to the latest developments in carbon monitoring in forests. As a part of the second study tour (June-July, 2014), 9 Indian forest experts attended a two week program steered by Tetra Tech ARD focused on exchanging ideas and experiences with forestry professionals working for US Federal Government Departments responsible for managing forested areas, Non-Profit/Thank Tanks, and Academia. Institute of International Education (IIE) provided comprehensive services to study tour participants for their visit to US and back focusing on the preparations and logistical arrangements to be done in India.
The U.S. Embassy in Delhi partnered with IIE/South Asia to foster U.S.-India dialogue on potential benefits and challenges associated with implementing the U.S. community college model in India. In June 2013, IIE/India office hosted representatives from U.S community colleges on behalf of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) who met with government officials, education administrators, and private sector representatives across the country to develop better understanding of the Indian higher education sector, the potential for expanding the community college model in India, and to explore possibilities for potential partnerships.
During the U.S. India Higher Education Dialogue organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development at New Delhi on 25 June 2013, a new IIE White Paper sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in India was released. "The U.S. Community College Model: Potential for Applications" in India reflected a focus on education to equip young people with the skills they need to compete globally and in new fields. As a part of future endeavours with regards to community college support, IIE India organized a capacity building study visit to select U.S. community colleges for Indian educators and administrators of community colleges in India. This study tour was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy/New Delhi and administered by IIE. This capacity building program, in coordination with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), enabled the Indian educators/administrators to participate in a number of training activities focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with community colleges in U.S. They visited to select community colleges and industries in addition to meeting with key stakeholders from March 22-30, 2014.
Joint Task Force Meeting for Community Colleges
During the week of 17th
November 2014, the Government of India and the U.S. Embassy/New Delhi hosted a series of events to discuss and facilitate the collaboration of the two nations in the field of Higher Education. This involved discussing the U.S. support of the new education and training initiatives of the Prime Minister of India, as well as build upon the Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. One of the key issues to be focused during this event was the facilitation of the Community College initiative in India.
The India-U.S. Higher Education Dialogue was held on 17th November, 2014. Members representing the Indian and American governments as well as American and Indian institutes of education convened to develop a plan for implementation of the (MoU) signed between the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). As a part of the event, the issue of Community Colleges in India was discussed in a closed meeting of the Joint Task Force on Community Colleges during which representatives from American and Indian Community Colleges, as well as the Indian government, American Embassy and U.S. State Department, discussed how U.S. can help India build upon its current Community Colleges program. In another session co-chaired by senior officials of departments of education for both the governments, the topics of technology in education, the establishment of new Indian Institutes of Technology, and the United States' involvement in Prime Minister Modi's Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) were discussed by education administrators, members of the Industry and government officials from both countries. The members of the two panels also discussed the challenges and possibilities of working together to promote education in India.