Sibal pitches for establishing Meta – University with Germany

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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal has pitched for establishing a Meta university with Germany. Sibal was discussing an array of avenues in higher education with his German counterpart, Dr. Annettee Schavan.  The minister has said that two to three Indian Universities could partner with two to three German Universities for conducing degree level courses.

“Such Meta – universities will be a welcome step to collaborate further in the higher education sector between the two countries. Mutual recognition of Degrees and Diplomas awarded by the educational institutions of both the countries will be extremely helpful to enhance the mobility of the students,” said Kapil Sibal.

The minister also stressed on increasing the avenues for vocational education and setting up of joint ventures between two countries under public private partnership (PPP) model for skill enhancement. The minister also highlighted the need to publicise the availability of various courses in English language offered by German Universities.

Kapil Sibal also offered that India could host an Indo-German Higher Education Summit in Nov./Dec. 2011. Two MoUs were also signed between IIT Mandi and University of Stuttgart representing TU9 Germany and University of Hyderabad and Westfalesehe Wilhelmns University of Germany.

The high – level interactive meeting was attended by senior officials of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Labour. Prof. Timothy Gomslves, Director IIT Mandi, Prof. Deepak Khemani, Dean Students IIT-Mandi, Prof Dr K Anantha Padmanabhan and Prof Dr K Bhanu Sankara Rao Dean School of Engineering, Sciences & Technology of the University of Hyderabad also attended the meeting.