HRD Minister Kapil Sibal proposed to launch a 'Connect To India' initiative to attract more American students to study in India. US, already has similar "Passport to India" programme for facilitating US students to go to India for students.
Sibal said "While the world is coming together through technology, we must learn to appriciate, manage and preserve our diversity through education and learning by experience. No country on this planet is more diverse than India. Hence, I am sure that global students would understand and learn about management of diversity in India far better than elsewhere in the world".
"Towards this end, I propose to launch a "Connect To India" initiative that will make available opportunities for students that will make available opportunities for students in the US to spend some times in our quality institutions for learning about our life, society, culture, economy polity and business", Sibal included.
A "Passport to India" programme of the US, Clinton announced that seven companies have agreed to support internship to service linked projects for 225 American students over the next three years. He said "American students would soon be doing cutting edge research with Microsoft in Bangalore, developing new energy solutions at Honeywell in Andhra Pradesh, and working on several projects with local NGO's.
The secretary of state lauded Indian government for sending junior faculty for post-doctoral research. However, the internet and the web will provide the communication infrastructure, while the open-access movement and its derivatives will provide much of the knowledge and information infrastructure. The meta university will reinterpret the concept of a knowledge and information that can be delivered in multiple ways, and can be accessed from anywhere, at anytime.