Building knowledge synergy
“This will be an ideal opportunity to overcome faculty shortage in Indian educational institutions.”
In order to enable a forum for discussing the scope, challenges and best practices for further enriching the Fulbright programme, the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF) organised a workshop in Chennai recently.
The workshop, ‘Building Partnerships', had participants from 42 educational institutions from south India.
Dan Saint-Rossy, public affairs officer, U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, who inaugurated the workshop said the goal of the workshop was to facilitate cooperation and support between the USIEF and Indian institutions to enhance the Fulbright programme in India.
Diya Dutt, deputy director, USEIF, who spoke on the occasion, said that the number of grants for the programme had been enhanced in the recent times.
The Fulbright programme has also introduced new categories to reach out to diverse sections in society.
The programme now provides opportunity not only for academics, but also for administrators, artists and professionals.
Solve faculty shortage
The aim of the workshop was to ensure institutions encouraged more number of candidates to apply for the Fulbright programme.
“Indian institutions also can come forward to accept more number of Fulbright scholars to their institutions. This will be an ideal opportunity to overcome faculty shortage in Indian educational institutions,” she said.
Indian institutions participate in the Fulbright programme by hosting American lecturers, researchers and students on their campuses. Similarly, Indian scholars, researchers and students can apply for the prestigious fellowship at U.S. institutions.
Since 1946, the Fulbright programme has been the U.S. government's flagship for educational and cultural exchange with countries around the world. USIEF, established in 1950, seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and India.
More information on Fulbright programme at www.usief.org.in.
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