India Increases Interactions with US Universities to Promote Knowledge Partnerships

India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Sandhu been in talks with US Universities to build and encourage knowledge partnerships between the two countries


In today’s world of knowledge and education exchange, India is responsible for sending the largest number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students to the United States of America. Our country is now planning to make a sustained outreach with US Universities to build knowledge partnerships.

According to reports, India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Sandhu has intensified talks with the US Universities in order to build and encourage knowledge partnerships between the two countries.

Sandhu, in his address to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said, “There are more than 200,000 Indian students in the US mainly in the field of STEM. Therefore, collaboration in the field of higher education will result in exciting possibilities. There will be multiple options for students like student exchanges, online education and university-to-university collaborations.” He also added, “We hope the UNC will take lead in this area with its prime focus on India.”

Sandhu has been in talks with various universities over the last few months. He has had interactive sessions with Howard University, of which Kamala Harris is an alumna, Arizona State University (ASU), The University of South Florida and The University of North Carolina.

The ambassador had an interaction last week with the President of the Arizona State University Dr Michael Crow. The US News and World Report (2016-2020) regarded Arizona State University as a model American University and was also considered as the most innovative school in the nation.

During the address, Crow expressed his desire to work with India to propagate online education, knowledge exchange and joint research programmes. Sandhu left no stone unturned and discussed collaborations between Indian and foreign universities to offer a  wide range of academic options like dual degrees, joint degrees and Twinning Programmes under the National Education Policy 2020.

This collaboration will facilitate ASU, working with its Indian counterparts, to improve online education, research programmes, faculty exchange, knowledge partnerships, sustainable development, artificial intelligence, space exploration, solar and renewable energy, biotechnology and healthcare.