How we Work with Colleges and Universities:
One of our major goals is to forge collaborative relationship between American Colleges and Universities and the suitable academic institutions in India. Several colleges in India have expressed serious interest and enthusiasm to develop partnership relationship their counterparts in America. The possibilities are excellent and we can assist in finding the right partner and in the whole process of planning and establishing useful working relationships.
Several kinds of programs can be explored. Though there are thousands and thousands of Indian students come to America to study, most of them are coming for graduate education. In India, the demand for quality collage education is increasing and the many middle class families feel that the available choices in India are not adequate. They are eager to find overseas educational opportunities for their children. Many American colleges which are currently struggling with declining enrollment, may find this the opportune time to attract hundreds, if not thousands of qualified students from India. We can help, and there are creative ways of doing it.
Many Indian students who come to America for graduate studies are likely to have completed their Masters degree in India. Even then, most of them are admitted to the first year of the graduate program in the US. The reason for this is simple. In America, a student spends 12 years get a High School Diploma and additional 4 years for a Bachelor Degree, a total of 16 years for a degree. In India, the system is different. The students spend 12 years for a Higher Education diploma, and another 3 years for a degree, a total of 15 years. If they go for a graduate program, it is another 2 years. In short, they have 17 years of schooling before many come to America to join the graduate programs. This is the present reality. We are proposing a different approach to resolve this hurdle.
If the American college can evaluate the three years collage studies the Indian students completes in India and allow them to join in the fourth year of American undergraduate studies, many Indian students will be interested to come to such a program. If the concern is the quality of the undergraduate studies in India, working with the Indian college, supplementary and preparatory courses can be offered in India itself, during the same time when they are completing the three years program in India. Since the students have long summer vacations, this is not difficult to arrange for selected students who expresses interest to come and study in America. Further, it will be considerably less expensive than what they have to spend an additional year in America or even for a year’s graduate program in India. With such an arrangement, hundreds (if not thousands ) of Indian students can be attracted to the final year of the US undergraduate programs and the students will then go on for their Masters in the regular stream, with out wasting time for remedial programs. We are very much interested to explore this possibility with willing collages.
Yet another opportunity we want to promote is for the Indian students who have completed the Masters program in India get admission for the second year of the appropriate Masters degree in the US. For example, if some one with an MBA or MA in Biotechnology or Computer Science, such a student should be able to get admitted to the second year of similar programs in the US.
We recognize that the courses taken or method of evaluation used by different institutions may vary and may have difficulties to evaluate the credentials. This is why a collaborative effort makes sense. If an American college is willing to evaluate the corresponding program of collaborating Indian college and suggest what additional areas of study the Indian student/s should complete before they are admitted to the American program for completing the second year of their Masters degree program, we can work together with the institution in India and develop supplementary study programs for students planning to come to study in America. Such a program can attract a large number of graduate students who are willing to pay the required American education expenses and get an additional American degree. There a good reason for it. Usually, the American degree will enable many of the students who may participate in such a program will find it easier to get admitted for post-Doctoral studies in the US. Equally, many can find higher paying jobs in India or in other counties, if they have an American graduate degree compared to similar degree from India. Whatever the individual motivation may be,the net result will be that the American colleges will be able to attract many high quality Indian graduate students who are wiling to pay the American fees and come. The Indian colleges will be interested for such a collaborative program because,they too can attract high quality students to their institution, if the students see that as a pathway to come for higher studies in the US. No doubt, this will be financially beneficial too. For the Indian student, it will be an investment worth, as it will get them to better schools and obtain an American education which will in turn, open wide opportunities. In short, if we can develop such a program, all are going to winners.
One more thing to mention here. We are not promoting a one way traffic. Traditionally, more Indian students came to America for higher studies. It is high time for American colleges and universities to encourage their students to go to India and study in fields India is well known. Indian educational institutions can offer high calibre training in Information Technology, Mathematics, Biotechnology, Environmental Studies, as well as cultural subjects such as Dance, Music and many other subjects. If American students were to spend one or two semesters studying India and perhaps get an opportunity for an internship or work-study program along with it, it certainly will give the American students a special dividend-international living and working experience which in turn will qualify them for jobs in the global economy. On top of that, the cost of such an education in India will be a lot less what the student will have to spend for a comparable program in America. Again, if the American and Indian collages can collaborate for such an effort, we can assist to develop such programs and the students and the institutions involved will be, all winners.