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‘Joint degree programme by India-US universities soon'

Proposals to enable US and Indian universities to offer joint degrees under which students from India complete a part of the course in the US is under active consideration, US Charge d’ Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu said.

This was part of the dialogue between Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, he said here on Thursday. If it happens, Indian students would be able to get a degree from a US university at a fraction of the cost, he told students of business administration from the city.

Mr. Donald Lu said there were many opportunities for Indian students to study in the USA and most universities there offer scholarships. A number of private universities too were giving sizeable scholarships encouraging the students to go there for higher studies.

Last year 1,04,000 Indian students went to the US for study. However, there were some minor irritants like bilateral acceptance of degrees awarded by some universities and years of study, among others.

A dialogue is on to address such issues, he said and hoped that the policy makers would empower the bureaucrats to issue certificates of equivalence and make it easy for students. He said the historical distrust between the administrations of the two countries was the main obstacle to the growth of trade between the two.

US President Obama hoped that by 2014 trade with other countries would be double the level of 2009. The US Embassy was upbeat about India hoped to triple it, he said.

US Consul General in Hyderabad Katherine Dhanani, students and faculty from a number of business schools in the twin cities participated in the interaction organised by the US Consulate General in Hyderabad in association with St Mary’s College and Association of Indian Management Schools. (The Hindu)

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