Tuesday, October 11, 2011

THOUGHTS ON THE EVE OF INDO-US HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT

As US and India are getting ready for the Higher Education Summit on October 13, 2011, two important things come to my mind are:

Possibility of collaborative efforts to develop OER

Availability of effective systems to make use of existing OERs and the ability to further build on it would be crucial factors in leading future higher education systems to success. Perhaps, India and US can work out ways for collaboration in this sector.

Already there are some major initiatives in this respect in both the countries. For example, the National Knowledge Commission (India) on 2nd November 2007, had made many progressive recommendations on Open Educational Resources (see http://www.knowledgecommission.gov.in/recommendations/oer.asp ). Similarly in USA their Labour and Education Departments have decided to promote the development of OER through their Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program ( see http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-labor-and-education-departments-encourage-applications-trade-adjustment-assis ). 

Apart from the above government initiatives, there are many successful institutional initiatives for OER in both the countries.

Need for discussions on a Transnational Qualifications Framework

See another crucial -perhaps the most important- area : various reports say, more than 100000 Indian students study in US. This indicates, it’s high time the two nations thought about a Transnational Qualifications Framework for better mobility of students and hassle free cross-border acceptance of qualifications by respective national assessment and accreditation authorities and labour markets.

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