Internationalization of Education in India

The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organised its 5th Globalised Education Forum 2022-23 to discuss Globalisation in the new normal world and the Importance of the host country in the globalization effort. The session witnessed valuable insights from Dr. Subhas Sarkar, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Government of India, Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University & President, AIU, Mr. Satyam Roychowdhury, Chairman, ICC National Expert Committee on Higher Education & Training, Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University, Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University, Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor of MAKAUT, Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Anirban Aditya, Chairman, Aditya Group, Bidyut Majumdar, General Manager-Business Development, JIS Group and Dr. Rajeev Singh, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Delivering an address on the country’s initiative in the education sector, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Government of India, Dr. Subhas Sarkar said, “This year is crucial for India owing to our “Ek Bharat Sresth Bharat” initiative. The G20 summit states one earth, one family, one system which is a success story of globalisation.  It has a significant role to play in making the education system internationalised and providing high-quality education. Our mission is to make India a superpower in the educational sector by providing assistance to global destinations, and offering premium education at an effective cost. Today, India not only has the potential to be the knowledge centre of the world with the highest number of educated youths but the skill capital to take our country forward, which could be accomplished by providing global-scale education. The National Education Policy will attract international students and make India a global educational hub. This system is an inspiration offering faculty autonomy leading to equitable education. There is a demand for faculty and international students. We should understand these opportunities and the country should work accordingly. The central government is providing a forum to provide assistance to international students and make the necessary reforms. After the formation of the education policy, it is playing a vital role in bringing changes by curating a flexible curriculum and education system. NEP will give a new direction to the education system in India, precisely holistic education.”

Speaking on the occasion, ICC National Expert Committee on Higher Education, Mr. Satyam Roychowdhury, said, “We intend to spread the importance of learning across the globe through various mediums. The pandemic has been a blessing in disguise. Education has a very diverse platform and the more we digitize, we learn about new ideas of online education. There are more than 40 million students who are getting enrolled in foreign university courses. We should provide international students a meaningful platform to learn. IIMs and IITs are playing a significant role in promoting the internationalisation of education. The New Education Policy has managed to come up with regulations to provide international standard education to students.”

Commenting on the opportunities in the higher education sector, Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University & President, AIU said, “Higher education system is in a transformative mode. And the hour of globalisation, internationalisation has to be the sign call of this phase. Internationalisation of higher education is a focal point of the NEP. Today, internationlisation of higher education in India is approached from a broader viewpoint. And we have to join the race to make our higher education more vibrant and equip it to face the challenges of present times. In lieu of that, NEP 2020 has acted like a booster for the sector with various schemes to facilitate a connection between home students and foreign university’s education process.”

Speaking on the issue, Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University, said, “Internationalisation of education is not a westernized concept but the need for today’s education system. This Global to Glocal concept states that every country has its own heritage and we should localise this. This concept was introduced by various educationalists to understand the exchange of research, technology, students and faculty members, leading to sharing of ideology and developing the education system globally. This is enough motivation for quality and sustainable growth. National Education Policy aims to achieve equity in education in consideration with all education systems irrespective of geographical boundary. We ought to take the opportunity to invite international students to study in India and provide quality education.”

Commenting on the present situation, Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor of MAKAUT, said, “We have witnessed many dimensions after the pandemic in various prominent manners. Digitisation has created an abundance of opportunities for networking and connection building. This has created opportunities for business and various other sectors. We have immense resources in our country and this is the time to fully utilize the resource by placing our local talents in international space. We should educate children to be self-reliant professionals.

Alluding to the issue, Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University said, “The sector should first bring out the challenges and provide validated solutions. Educational institutions are open spaces to project ideas. We have a number of IIMs and IITs. They require an amount of research and government mobility. I believe only when we can create knowledge that can be transferred to premium universities across the globe. So, it is very important to emphasise NEP and work accordingly.”

Commenting on Globalisation in the New Normal World, Anirban Aditya, Chairman, Aditya Group, said, “I would like to talk about the positive side of the pandemic. Digitisation always prevailed but now we are digitally globalised. A professor can take sessions irrespective of the time and geological boundaries that we could recognise after the pandemic. These practical implications should be given focus from our end as well. Glocal is a very important topic as it transfers the glocal knowledge into a global platform.”

Commenting on the importance of the host country in the globalisation program, Bidyut Majumdar, General Manager-Business Development, JIS Group said, “JIS receives applications from several international students but in certain cases we see students opt for countries like Europe and America. It is because of the quality of education provided. So, the way we establish our brand matters. So, we need to explore and study the requirements of the international market and also build relationships with other countries. This entire ecosystem should be evaluated first. Our organization has implemented a system of education that has transformed into flip learning and quick education drawing from IITians. All institutions are trying to compete with each other to get students aboard from abroad. I believe this is a healthy competition as it helps in the development of our country.”

While delivering the Vote of Thanks, Dr. Rajeev Singh, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce, said, “We all know what Bengal thinks today like the world thinks tomorrow. Our minister has rightly stated that we require integration with the global education system for making a global change.”

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