The Ministry of Human Resource Development has chosen the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SSPU) to organise a consultative meeting on ‘internationalisation of higher education in India and its importance in the new education policy’ — a report of which will be used to formulate the country’s new education policy.
The meet which will be organised on September 4 and 5 will have an attendance of over 70 vice chancellors from the country, experts from the field of education, officials from MHRD and delegates from foreign universities.
“The meet is being organised to provide inputs to the government on the issues and the policies that are involved in the process of internationalisation of Indian higher education. The process of internationalisation has to be organised keeping in mind the interests of the four key stakeholders in the higher education system — the students; the faculty, involving the teaching and the research; higher education institutions, colleges and universities; and policy making bodies and agencies of higher education,” said Vijay Khare, director, international Centre, SPPU.
The MHRD has decided to frame a new education policy this year and asked various agencies to give recommendations. The education policy currently in implementation was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992. NJ Pawar, former vice chancellor of Shivaji University along with Vijay Khare is coordinating the event.
“The Association of Indian Universities has recommended our university because we have a good collaboration with foreign universities. Secondly, reportedly, we have the highest number of foreign students studying in the university and affiliated colleges. The number of affiliated colleges is also huge. Hence, the AIU decided to choose us to conduct this meet,” said Khare.
“One of the main reasons foreigners choose Pune is because of its history of academics, its friendliness, the climate, and comfortable and economic living options. The meet will see a lot of debates and discussions on various aspects of internationlisation of education such as what should be done to attract more foreign students, better student and faculty exchange programmes etc. The objective of the consultation process is to ensure that an inclusive, participatory and holistic approach is undertaken. It should take expert opinions, field experiences, empirical research, stakeholder feedback as well as lessons learned from best practices into consideration. Once the meet is over, a report of major recommendations will be made and sent to the MHRD which then will be used to formulate the NEP,” added Khare.
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