118 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for partnership in
higher education were signed on first day of International Conference of
Academic Institutions (ICAI) 2013, between Indian and foreign universities at Pandit
Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU).
Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurating the ICAI
meet said that he expressed faith in the mega-event as a fruitful link between
Industries and Academia. He proudly took the advantage to state that Gujarat is
the first state to enact the Gujarat Education Innovation Commission (GEIC) in
India. Optimistically, the Chief Minister envisioned the future Gujarat as the
greatest source of youth power with skills and knowledge for the whole mankind.
The second ICAI-2013 Conference is expected to be a catalyst
for universities in Gujarat to build an international relationship with foreign
institutions for promoting long term sustainable strategic partnerships in the
areas of education, faculty, student exchange, knowledge exchange and capacity
building of the universities.
Judith Wolfson, the Vice President - International
Relationship, University of Toronto, Canada, emphasized on the innovation and
creation of collective knowledge to face the challenges in the global hub. She
said that the University is a part of society and it gives core values of
excellence. Mr. Sanjay Lalbhai, Chairman and Managing Director of Arvind Ltd.
went on to state that Gujarat has achieved great success in the private sector,
technology and Higher Education. He equally emphasized on the empowerment of
girls and development of eco-system in Gujarat.
Representatives of 145 international institutions from 56
countries and 52 institutions from 14 states of India and 67 others from
Gujarat participated in the event.
Toby Linden, Lead Education Specialist from SASED, The World
Bank, said that for the last two decades the World Bank has been a pillar of
support to the Indian Education System. According to the World Bank report on
Madhya Pradesh, 90 per cent students study in the state universities of India
itself. In this connection, students of Gujarat will be facilitated 2 billion
dollars for Education development.
The major MoUs that
were signed during the event were between, Gujarat Forensic Sciences
University; Galilee International Management Institute and S.S.B.I. Institute.
Indian Institute of Teacher Education (State University) Gandhinagar and
University of Helsinki, Finland, University
Of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom and Gujarat Technological University, Cairn
India Limited (CAIRN) and Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University, University of
Saskatchewan, Canada and Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.
By Abhay Anand