India-US Higher education summit on Oct 13

Washington: The first ever India-US Higher Education Summit aimed at providing a platform for government and education leaders from both countries to outline their vision for 21st century education engagement will be held here on October 13. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal would co-chair the summit, an official statement said today.

"The US-India Higher Education Summit will provide a platform for government and education leaders from both countries to outline their vision for 21st century education engagement to a broad cross-section of academics, university presidents and administrators, non-governmental organizations and foundation executives, and association and private-sector leaders," the State Department said in a statement. An initiative of Secretary Clinton, the Summit will also highlight and emphasise the avenues through which the higher education communities in the US and India have engaged and can further engage in expanded cooperation.

"The United States envisions a robust role for the US and Indian governments in promoting and encouraging the vibrancy and depth of the cooperation between our education sectors," the State Department said. Besides Clinton and Sibal, who will deliver the opening remarks, the Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao and former US Ambassador to India and President Emeritus of Colorado College Richard Celeste will deliver luncheon remarks.