Indian Educational Structure needs Quality Academics

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Various Institutes in India and US will join hands to create a pool of trained mid-career academicians, so that they could be groomed into potential leaders as part of a long-term objective to strengthen the Indian educational structure. The Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), in association with Rutgers University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, have decided to host an Indian Higher Education Academy at Penn State in 2013 to specifically address the needs of Indian higher education and build academic leaders.

According to Robert M Hendrickson, Interim Director and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Study of Higher Education, Penn State University, as many as 30 heads from the Indian higher education field are expected to participate in the academy. Further, the academy has been set up to provide foundational knowledge to help academic administrators of higher education institutions to become more effective administrators of academic units. The Academic Leadership Academy was originally developed to address the problem of developing leadership vacuum created by the retirement of 50% academic leaders in the US. With the development of new post secondary institutions in India, there is a growing need for quality academic leadership, he mentioned.

Addressing the major idea behind this proposal, Professor B Venkatesh Kumar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, who is the project in charge in India, said that we will identify potential candidates from universities and institutes who are mid-career, and then put them through a process of training and mentoring.