EXCLUSIVE: Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service Limited (MIDAS) is working with universities across Manchester in an ambitious tie up to create ‘centre’s of excellence’ in India.
IndiaGBnews.com has gained exclusive insight into the emerging relationship between a Manchester universities and Karnataka government, reports Rahul Laud.
A high-powered delegation from Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC), led by the Education Minister Mr Basavaraj Rayareddi of Karnataka state government, recently visited the University of Bolton and Salford.
The visit was organised by MIDAS following a Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this year between Manchester universities and KSHEC, designed to boost Higher Education standards with a specific focus on bio technology, health, and media.
The visiting delegation included the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government Education Department (Higher Education), Bharat Lal Meena and the Executive Director and Member Secretary, of KSHEC, Dr SA Kori.
The University Of Bolton is collaborating with KSHEC to establish a Centre of Excellence in Karnataka, focusing on developing three key areas – the quality of higher education, innovative curriculum design and leadership in education.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Prof George E Holmes said: ‘It is a pleasure to welcome our visitors from Bangalore and discuss our collaboration and mutual progress for the Centre of Excellence’.
University of Bolton, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi visited India in February, as part of a MIDAS trade mission. Dr Kandadi said: “The University of Bolton is working in partnership with KSHEC for improving the quality of Higher Education through innovation and development of programmes to enhance curriculum design and educational leadership. Our presentation, laying out the roadmap for the implementation of the MoU has been well received by the delegation. We look forward to moving forward with our partnership plans.”
The Karnataka delegation spent time at Salford University meeting various department heads, learning about different facilities and exploring opportunities for suitable partnership. Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Salford, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our colleagues from India on their visit to Salford. The country is a key market for the University of Salford and as such I hope that this visit will initiate ties with the Karnataka region that that will last long into the future.”
The Minister Rayareddi explained that the focus of the visit has been to explore the areas of higher education in sectors of bio technology, health, and media in Manchester. He said that his state government expenditure ratio on higher education at 27pc was far ahead than the national average at 20pc.
Mr Rayareddi said the partnership is also designed to improve teacher student ratio and he has appealed to all Vice Chancellors in his state to become teachers in addition to administrative tasks. The minister revealed that Karnataka is planning to build Bangalore School of Economics,
Karnataka has a higher number of international students than any other Indian state – standing at 36pc of total students – and the effort to partner with Manchester universities is expected to attract more students to the state.