Canada to partner India in expanding education and fostering innovation
Mumbai / February 28, 2014
Canada’s Governor General David Johnston, as part of his first day’s engagements in Mumbai participated in a round table discussion on “India’s Education Future”, organized by Consulate General of Canada and Wilson College today. Himself, a distinguished academician and author of 24 books, Mr. Johnston, in his address stressed on how Canada can help India expand its formal education system through innovative platforms. He said, Canada can make a real contribution in countries like India, by offering high-quality, relatively low cost higher education programmes.
Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director, Gateway House, Dr. Sam Sakariah, Vice-Principal, Wilson College and over a dozen education experts from Canada and India were present.
Experts expressed concern over India’s educational curriculum not imparting skills necessary for gaining employment. They called upon the corporate sector and the industry bodies to discuss their needs with educational institutions to help develop a curriculum that is suitable for changing needs.
Later in the day, Mr. David Johnston addressed academicians and students of IIT Bombay and stressed on ways to achieve economic growth through innovations. He said, in this age of information technology, Canada and India can collaborate to foster innovation to step up productivity, economic growth and global competitiveness.