India, US hold higher education dialogue

Washington: India and US Tuesday began their annual higher education dialogue here focused on advanced research and innovation and the role of community colleges in workforce development.

Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are co-chairing the dialogue aimed at promoting and encouraging the vibrancy and depth of the cooperation between the education sectors of the two countries.

The dialogue will identify key areas of educational cooperation, shared goals, and best practices, and will help frame the two countries' higher education priorities for the year ahead. Several outside experts have joined the government delegations to offer their perspectives.

The education dialogue is one of several dialogues being held on the margins of the third edition of the India-US strategic dialogue here Wednesday.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna arrived here Monday night to co-chair the strategic dialogue. The strategic dialogue was announced by the two in Delhi in July 2009.

Clinton hosted the first strategic dialogue in June 2010 in Washington. The second edition was held in July 2011 in Delhi.

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