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Exeter has been working with the national Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore for five years, studying the origins of iron and steel production. Faculties from both institutes travel back and forth to carry on the research. Because Exeter is working with two other institutes in Bangalore, Indian Institute of Management and India Institute of Science (IISc), it opened an office there in April 2011 to facilitate employability, partnerships, and alumni development. Exeter also partners with the India Institute of Technology in Delhi, in the field of physics. “What’s most important to us is to have several links with just a few universities rather than a few links with many universities,” Curtis says. “This is a bottom-up approach, in which the faculty needs to buy in; otherwise nothing happens.” Rochishnu Dutta is participating in a split-site PhD this year, spending five months researching Mecapoda bush crickets at the Exeter Cornwall campus and the remainder of his time at the IISc. He is supervised by both an English and Indian professor and will receive his degree from Exeter.

“This is a great opportunity for me because I get to experience two different research styles in two premier institutes and get input into my project work from both my supervisors, substantially enriching my knowledge in evolutionary biology; research is fascinating when you have such dimensions,” he says. Expectations are high for research collaborations. “India will become a powerhouse for research in evolutionary biology because they have a strong secular tradition and have intellectual resources we can only dream about,” Tregenza says. Another budding research collaboration is between Rutgers University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. According to David Finegold, senior vice president for lifelong learning and strategic growth initiatives at Rutgers University, the two will work together on research projects with PhD students in the areas of India’s workforce and economy, capacity building, and policy and governance for India’s higher education system. They also hope to encourage student exchanges, short courses, and, eventually, develop a dual-degree program. “We want to build stronger

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faCing india’s ChallEngEs
india concentrates much of its efforts in higher education the areas of science, engineering, technology, business, and management. it is fairly well-known that diversification of higher education is needed in india, which is been noted in academic circles. For examples, the report of ‘the Committee to advise on renovation and rejuvenation of higher education, written by Yash Pal, chancellor of Jawaharlal nehru University, emphasizes the need to offer and integrate all disciplines in all schools.3 Overregulation is another complication. the report talks about the need for autonomous institutions, free from regimentation of ideas and pressures from politics. right now, there are a dozen different accrediting bodies in india. Vocational education is often undervalued, seen as a last resort and only for the poorer sections of indian society, which is also noted in Pal’s report. Undergraduate education needs to be improved. More attention must be paid to the state universities, which are the backbone of the system. disparities in enrollment relate to rural-urban, gender (after secondary school, 49 percent of women pursue higher education versus 56 percent of men), and religion. Overall, there’s a growing gap between educational haves and have-nots.4 india’s middle class, which has now reached 300 million, values education. “if they don’t see good education in india, they will look elsewhere,” says david Finegold, senior vice president for lifelong learning and strategic growth initiatives at rutgers University. “they want to make sure their kids succeed.” rahul Choudaha agrees: “Schools with an international component are highly valued.”

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he CritiCal need in india’s higher education system today is for additional colleges and universities and for more teachers. But just building more and hiring more will not solve all problems. the quality of the schools, diversity issues, relevance of the offerings, and the political climate are all necessary ingredients to providing a topnotch higher education experience for all of india’s students. Many of india’s higher education institutions are of good quality, especially the institutes of management and technology (iiMs and iits). But there’s a wide range of quality, with schools in the poorer regions suffering from lower quality and higher faculty-student ratios. even in the prestigious schools, the quality is diminishing, according to rahul Choudaha, director of development and innovation at World education Services. he notes that critics say there is not enough faculty, which results in inferior schools and damages the brand equity of successful iiMs and iits. this is particularly true in the private colleges, where, according to multinational corporations, 75 percent of these graduates are unemployable.2

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International Educator - November/December 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Cultivating Branch Campuses
India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
Foreign Student Affairs
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Health and Insurance Supplement
Supplement: Danger Ahead!
Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Brief
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
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