Foreign educationists cite problems faced by universities in setting up centers in India

While the Didactics Association of India is organizing a three-day education fair, Didac India, from Wednesday and the Asian Summit on Education and Skills (ASES) was held in Bangalore on Tuesday, many proposals and plans of foreign universities to come to India are not seen. daylight, experts said.

The education fair is held to empower and improve the quality of education through collaborations and brainstorming sessions, officials said.

Although Covid-19 may be one of the factors hindering the growth of the education sector, pedagogues from different foreign universities and representatives of education departments in different counties point out that many technical and social problems are not in favor of their plans to the india take out

“In 2019, Saudi Arabia and India had agreed to set up a campus of IIT Delhi in Saudi Arabia, but the proposal has been shelved without any results,” said Dr Adel Hamad Alzenedy, Deputy Governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Alzenedy said, “We cannot visit India often to set the ball rolling because of the tough visa rules. It takes almost three to four weeks to process the visas and in turn , is creating hurdles for us to create a solid roadmap to plan, design and execute the proposal. We are looking forward to IIT working to introduce AI, automotive training and machine learning programs in our curricula. We hope this summit translate into something positive so that we can follow the proposal more effectively”.

John Gwyn Jones, director general of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (of which the Canadian International School in Bangalore is also a member) believes that the penetration of British international schools and universities in India is limited due to the tough competition from local universities and schools. “Considering the average financial conditions of students and the tough competition from local schools and universities, our penetration in India has been very limited. The fee structure, the quality of education, the pedagogy of the ‘teaching, among other factors, really vary from the Indian knowledge and learning system,’ said Jones.

Jones also suggested that the British curriculum model, which is called the International Primary Curriculum, should be introduced into India’s school education system. “This model is designed along the lines of thematic learning and based on the study of cases where all the subjects are integrated under the same theme. For example, a student learning about rainforests will also learn about science, geography, math and English within the same topic or case study. Most British schools follow this model to make learning fun and more interesting,” Jones added.

A senior British official, who did not want to be named, said that with the growing call to “decolonize” Indian textbooks, working with India’s education department on aspects of the curriculum would be very difficult. Further, the official also pointed out that public universities see foreign universities as a threat to India.

However, members of the British Council claimed that many delegations representing institutions including Kings College London, University of Birmingham and University of Cambridge visited Bangalore in June this year and expressed their interest to collaborate with Indian educational institutions for teacher exchange and student-centered programs. .

Hosted by the higher education department of Karnataka, the 12th edition of Didac India will be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center (BIEC) from Wednesday to Friday. It will showcase state-of-the-art solutions for the education and skills sectors. The exhibition will feature more than 4,000 innovative products and services. More than 200 exhibitors from over 20 countries, including Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, HP, etc., will showcase the latest cutting-edge technologies, products and services. The exhibition will be attended by education ministers from around 15 countries, including the UK, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and 10 Indian states including Gujarat, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh and Goa, among others

Addressing the ASES on Tuesday in Bengaluru, Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said, “Teachers, students and officials of the higher education department will make full use of the exhibition where we will look for opportunities to exchange ideas, redesign the curriculum and teacher training programmes, digitize education in Karnataka etc. Many foreign universities have expressed their interest in collaborating with Karnataka universities and colleges for twinning degree courses (including polytechnics), student exchange programs and research and development.”

Twinning is a system where students can complete part of their studies in India and the rest at a foreign university, with which the students’ university has a tie-up.

The minister added that the central government is working on legislation to help foreign universities set up their campuses in India soon.

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