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Indian varsities have vital role in strengthening ties with Asia : Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra

MEERUT, Uttar Pradesh — Indian Universities may play a vital role in strengthening relations with the Asian countries by attracting the youth in these countries in their qualitative technical programs at affordable costs. As of now, the youth in Asian countries is not aware of the programs and facilities available in India that’s why India doesn’t figure in their list of destinations for higher education. This was revealed by Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, the Pro-Chancellor of Shobhit University, on his return from South Korea and Mongolia, as a member of the delegations visiting these countries alongwith the President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Kunwar Shekhar told reporters here today that as a member representing the Indian higher education, he got opportunity to interact with the universities and officials in both the countries. In his assessment he found that the higher education in South Korea is as good as in India but it is very costly. This works as a deterrent for many a willing student. With proper representation in South Korea, Indian universities may attract South Korean students and these students may become very strong bond between the two countries.

Talking about his experience in Mongolia, Kunwar Shekhar said that the Mongolian human resources need training to bring their systems at par with the developed world. Before collapse of USSR, they had been receiving support and training from the Soviet regimes. However, now their technologies are getting obsolete and development of modern infrastructure and other economic structures is required. This objective may be fulfilled only by proper training of the human resources there. Here, too, the Indian universities may play an important role and offer to Mongolian students training and technological support needed for development of the country which is very rich in minerals and other natural resources. A stronger relationship with Mongolia may also be very helpful to India.

The Shobhit University Pro-Chancellor also said, “New and multifaceted mutually beneficial possibilities have opened up with the visit of the President to these countries. Its up to different sectors of Indian economy to explore these opportunities and consolidate those into real structures.” Recalling the S. Korean economy and structures, he said that technically strong S. Korea has successfully integrated its trade, talent and training. This resulted in quick growth of their economy but now they are facing shortage of manpower. India may benefit from this situation.

Regarding Mongolia, he said that having Buddhism as their major religion, the Mongols feel close to India, however, the geographical situations have lent an edge to China in comparison to other countries. India’s share in Mongolia’s trade and economic relations with the world are limited to a meager 4-5 per cent.

He said that keeping in view the need for skill development in Mongolia, the Shobhit University has offered to impart training to Mongolian human resources under its International Skills Development Centre (ISDC). The university may also set up such a centre in Mongolia itself. He also told that as a token of goodwill, the Shobhit University has announced scholarships for 8 Mongolian students in different disciplines.

Kunwar Shekhar expressed hope that authorities in India as well as the Mongolia and S. Korea would soon be taking due steps to strengthen educational and economic ties spurred by the recent Presidential visit.

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Indian businessmen eye mining, education sectors in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), July 29 (PTI) Satisfied with the foreign trade policy and basic infrastructure available in Mongolia, many industry giants from India plan to set up business units here.

A host of industrialists have gathered here to seek ways to tap business opportunities emerging out of this north east country.

They have been holding meetings with senior government officials of both the countries to explore a mutually- profitable partnership for them.

“We are interested in mining activities here.
Basically in exploration of base metals like copper mining and precious metals like gold and tungsten among others. We plan to invest about USD 200-300 million in coming years,” Mumbai-based Chandra Proteco President Mukul Gupta said.

Gupta said that deliberations with Mongolian authorities and their chambers of commerce are on in this regard.

“The land is full of opportunities. There is a lot of scope in business development activities especially in the field of food processing and tourism,” Camlin Limited Chairman and Managing Director Dilip Dandekar said.

A 32-member strong delegation comprising representatives of known commercial houses were taking part in ”Mongolia-India business Forum”.

The meet is being co-organised by Foreign Investment and Foreign Trade Agency of Mongolia (Fifta), CII, Ficci and Assocham to find business opportunities.

Many businessmen, politicians and associates of Fifta took part in the event, which was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil, who is on a three-day visit here.

Patil is the first Indian President visiting Mongolia after a gap of 23 years.

Be it medical, education, information technology, dairy and mining, experts and industrialists are trying to seek business opportunities in other sectors too.

“We are looking forward to a joint venture with some university and college here for student exchange programme. The land is new and full of opportunities,” Meerut”s Shobhit University Pro Chancellor Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra said.

“We will be giving USD 10 million scholarships to people under the student exchange programme. Initially the grant will be given to research scholars,” Vijender said.

Shobhit University has about 2,000 students at its Meerut Centre.

Patil”s visit to Mongolia is aimed at finding new avenues to explore trade and cultural relationship with tie ups in Defence, Information Technology, and commerce.(MORE) PTI AKV

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Media Coverage

 

The purpose of higher education is to empower the youth and the fruits of technological innovations must percolate to the rural areas if the country is to progress: Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra

MEERUT, Uttar Pradesh, December 9, 2011 / Shobhit University, Meerut supported a National Conference on E-Education & Distance Education- Innovative & Creative Models in Higher Education organized by ASSOCHAM on 8th Dec. 2011 at New Delhi.

Although India has survived with its higher education system for decades, now as it strives to compete in a globalised economy in areas that require highly trained professionals, the quality of higher education becomes increasingly important. So far, India’s large educated population base and its reservoir of well-trained university graduates have permitted the country to move ahead. But the competition is fierce. China in particular is heavily investing in improving its best universities with the aim of making a small group of them world class in the coming decade, and making a larger number internationally competitive research universities. Other Asian countries are also upgrading higher education with the aim of building world class-universities. Taiwan, which is a major designer and producer of IT hardware, is considering merging several of its top technological universities to create an “Asian MIT.”

Thus, to compete successfully in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, India needs innovative and creative models in higher education system that produces bright graduates to support sophisticated research in a number of scientific and scholarly fields and produce at least some of the knowledge and technology needed for an expanding economy.

Recognizing the importance of the subject a NATIONAL SEMINAR on E-education & Distance Education – Innovative & Creative Models in Higher Education to showcase the spectrum of horizon in the field of e-education and distance education which exists in India was organized in Delhi.

Key themes discussed at this summit were:

  • E-education and distance learning practices and policies.
  • Ideas for sustainable use of Open Education Resources in E-Education & Distance Education.
  • The changing nature of e-learning and distance learning.
  • Approaches to promote online and distance education.
  • Impact of Technology on E-Education & Distance Education in India.
  • Governance, policies and programs in relation to E-Education & Distance Education in India.

Key decision makers across the entire higher education eco-system from enterprises, educational institutions, education regulatory bodies, vice-chancellor, regulators, government agencies, service providers, system integrators, education technology providers and vendors attended.

“Technological innovation in the Indian education system is the need of the hour to equip our graduates to compete in the ever evolving global knowledge economy,” said Mr. Pawan Aggarwal, Adviser (education), Planning Commission while addressing an ASSOCHAM conference on higher education in New Delhi on 8th Dec. 2011, as the Chief Guest of the conference.

“Though India ranks third in the higher education system in the world but innovative, creative models in distance education and collaboration with research partners from across the world are imperative to transform the domestic higher education scenario,” said Mr. Aggarwal while inaugurating a National Conference on ‘E-education & Distance Education’ organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

“The universities and colleges must provide courses based on needs of the industry and ensure better placements for students,” said Mr. Vinay Rai, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Education. “Universities in India must focus on providing online degree programmes as distance learning is gaining a firm base in universities across the globe.”

“India requires a proper business model based on modern technology and can collaborate with countries like Canada to enhance the higher education system,” said H.E. Steward Beck, Canadian High Commissioner to India.

Among others who spoke at the event were: Mr. Anand Nagarajan, CEO, Dexler Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Anil Goyal, Director, Mexus Education, Mr. G.C.Sharma, Head-Financial Education (Schools and Universities) National Stock Exchange, Mr. Anurag Agrawal,Vice President iProf and many other dignitaries of repute.

The Valedictory address was delivered by Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Pro-Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut. Shobhit University was also represented by Prof. PP Singh Director General, Prof. Abhay Kumar Dean & Director and Mr. Devinder Narain, Head Corporate Relations at the conference.

During the Valedictory function Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra while highlighting the deliberations of the conference said, “We must find a path of collaborative progress instead of individual success stories in conferences like these.” He emphasized that the purpose of higher education is to empower the youth and that the fruits of technological innovations must percolate to the rural areas if the country is to progress. Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra emphasized that merely using new technology is not innovation. His views on the subject were widely acclaimed by those present in the conference.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Media Coverage