The partnership between education and knowledge is an area with great potential in the relations between India and the United States, as the Indian ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, told the country’s new students joining the universities. The Consulate General of India in New York organized an event titled “Meet & Greet” in association with GOPIO- Manhattan, a branch of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) for new Indian students joining universities in the United States.
Mentors from various industries interacted with the students and exchanged valuable ideas and experiences. In his video address to students on Saturday, Sandhu said he sees the dynamism of India, the energy of India, and India’s capacity for innovation and creativity in the students who have come to America to pursue a higher education in various fields.
“The education and knowledge association is an area that has great potential in our bilateral relations,” said Sandhu. “You know that the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has launched a New Education Policy (NEP), which was issued last year, after a gap of almost 34 years. It opens up great opportunities to further deepen academic, scientific, and research cooperation with countries like the United States. Our focus will continue to be identifying and strengthening synergies. “
In his address to the nation last month on Independence Day, Modi said the new education policy is a way to fight poverty and meet the needs of the 21st century. The National Education Policy was approved by the Federal Cabinet last year at a meeting chaired by Modi to replace the 34-year-old National Education Policy that was framed in 1986 and aims to pave the way for transformative reforms in schools and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.
Describing the students as a “strong bridge” between the world’s largest democracy and the world’s oldest democracy, Sandhu said, “You will shape the future of relations between our two great nations. In that sense, you are at a unique position to benefit from too. ” Sandhu noted that the past 20 months have not been easy for “any of us” because the COVID-19 pandemic has “totally changed our lives.”
“Despite the odds, you have been able to achieve your dreams. We are committed as always to the well-being of Indian students in the United States,” he said, adding that in the last year, “we have worked with the community to help our students from Vande Bharat’s mission to providing sustenance and support. ”Sandhu assured the students that the Indian Embassy and Consulates in the United States place the highest priority on the well-being of the student community.
As India enters its 75th year of independence, he said the Embassy and Consulates plan to organize various interactions for Indian students, successful professionals and role models from across society.
“His journey has just started in the US I’m sure he will go from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’.” Sandhu said that Indian students have a great reputation in the US He said that in their interactions with more than a hundred advisers / presidents of various universities in the US states and almost 40 governors during the last year and a half, “all hey told me about the talented spirit and tireless nature of Indian students.
Everyone is excited to have more and more Indian students here. Your ancestors worked hard to create this image, You have to make sure you do better. According to the latest official figures from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), there were 2,07,460 Indian students in the US, the second highest after China (382,561).
The report said the number of students from China and India made Asia the most popular continent of origin.