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Indo-American Chamber to lead delegation of universities to US

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For attending international conference on higher studies



STRENGTHENING LINK: N.V. Srinivasan, Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Branch, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, addressing an interactive session with businessmen in Madurai on Tuesday.

MADURAI: The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is going to take a delegation of Indian universities to the U.S. in June for attending an international conference on higher studies in the U.S. and skill development, according to N.V. Srinivasan, chairman of the Tamil Nadu Chamber of IACC.

The visit would follow an education seminar the Chamber would organise in Chennai and Bangalore on the standards of higher education in U.S.

He was interacting with journalists along the sidelines of an interactive session with businessmen organised here on Tuesday by the IACC Tamil Nadu Chamber, in which Aileen Nandi, Commercial Consul for South India, U.S. Commercial Service, American Consulate General, also took part.

Education was a thrust area between the two countries, he said, adding that the U.S. conference would also look into skill development, which was vital for India if it were to make optimum use of its burgeoning youth population.

He said that the Chamber had formed several forums and councils to promote bilateral trade.

They included an Indo-U.S. SME Forum that provided a platform for small and medium entrepreneurs in both countries to collaborate.

Another was the Education Forum that sought to strengthen linkages between educational institutions and promote research and development collaboration. The Habitat Forum was working to facilitate bilateral dialogue between businesses, professionals and academicians and acclimatise them on the professional environment in both countries.

The Indo–American Lawyers Council was advising the governments in both countries on removing trade barriers in the legal system, said Mr. Srinivasan.

Speaking later, Ms. Aileen Nandi said that in her five-year tenure in India, she had seen bilateral trade double between both the countries. The U.S. was looking at India as a future economic powerhouse and this was why many leaders and heads of States were coming here seeking economic partnership, as U.S. President Barack Obama did during his highly successful recent visit.

“The U.S. Secretary of Commerce is also scheduled to arrive in India during February, leading a delegation of 30 companies to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. We are working towards taking the U.S. companies out of these metros alone to tier-II cities also,” she said.

Sujatha Ravishanker, branch secretary, IACC Tamil Nadu Chamber and Mani Mala, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Chennai, were present

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