Higher education leaders from across India visit Indiana University

Dec. 11, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A delegation of directors, deans and professors from state higher education institutions and private technical institutes across India are visiting Indiana University through a program supported by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The 14-member delegation is being led by Devi Singh, director of the Institute of Management-Lucknow. The focus for the week is leadership and institution building. The program was built on a successful relationship between IU's Kelley School of Business and IIM-Lucknow.

It also is a followup to discussions between IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel and Indian educational leaders in the spring. In March, Robel was a keynote speaker at a three-day international conference in India, "The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative Perspectives on Higher Education Reforms for a Knowledge Society."

Higher education in India is experiencing a period of unprecedented expansion, including increased numbers of students and institutions, as well as substantial increases in government funding, Robel said. This rapid expansion also comes with high expectations for improved efficiency, enhanced quality and greater access to education.

“Indiana University Bloomington has enjoyed several decades of mutually enriching partnerships with Indian institutions, organizations and faculty,” Robel said. “These partnerships have been further strengthened by the recent opening of our new IU Gateway office in Gurgaon.

“Close to 1,000 students from India matriculate at IU Bloomington each year, and our Indian alumni are wonderfully successful and deeply involved. We are delighted and honored to host this esteemed delegation from India and pleased to have the opportunity to deepen these important relationships.”

IU has long been committed to India. It recently opened its first international gateway office. Located in Gurgaon, it serves as a home base for IU student and faculty activities in the country. IU is a partner with several of India’s leading universities, including O.P. Jindal and two campuses of the Indian Institute of Management (at Lucknow and Rohtak).

This week, the delegation is learning from IU experts in higher education administration and leadership, strategic management, innovation and best practices in pedagogy and institutional development. IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who led an IU delegation to India in 2011, also will meet with the group.

The delegation’s visit to IU is part of an intensive two-week workshop sponsored by the Indian government. The first week took place in India.

Educational leaders came from institutions based in Delhi, Aligarh, Allahabad, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Moradabad, Nagpur and Pauri Garhwal.