India showcased as a study destination

07 July, 2014

A new initiative to showcase India’s top educational institutions and position the country as a top study abroad destination was launched in London, UK, recently.

Photo: Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the launch of SkillTree Great Place to study – India Edition

The SkillTree Great Place to Study – India Edition marked the first international event of its kind for India, and gathered heads of Indian institutions, business leaders, politicians and celebrities for an awards ceremony at the House of Commons and a dinner reception at Madame Tussauds.

The ceremony, which will become an annual fixture, is a collaboration between SkillTree Knowledge Consortium , India’s first syndicate of private universities and institutions, in association with brand consultancy Sterling Media and Lavasa Corporation Ltd, a subsidiary of Hindustan Construction Company.

Shekhar A Bhattacharjee, Founder of SkillTree Knowledge Consortium, said, “Nine months ago, my team and I came up with this idea that we must go global, and here we are. India is a great destination with great institutions; India’s higher education system has witnessed tremendous growth in recent times. The teaching techniques and the quality of learning have been transformed and taken to new heights.

SkillTree Great Place to Study – India Edition showcases 20 institutions in the country which have great global practices. Every year we will be highlighting 20 universities across the country.”

India’s higher education system has grown to become the third largest in the world, said Arvina Purkayastha, Editor of Great Place to Study. “It has exhibited impressive growth over the past two decades to become one of the world’s largest systems. The private sector has played an instrumental role in this growth. Private institutions now account for 64 per cent of the total number of institutions in the country. The sector can be credited with the establishment of some globally renowned institutions that have established state-of-the-art infrastructure and impart world-class education.

Purkayastha said India had great potential to become a global education hub and was already an emerging destination. “The SkillTree Great Place to Study initiative is aimed at magnifying the appeal of India by giving Indian institutions an international platform.”

As well as the awards presented to the 20 institutions during the ceremony, there were honours for six UK business leaders and public office dignitaries who have played a part in promoting relations between the UK and India, including Lord Navnit Dholakia OBE, who received a Global Leader for Education Award.

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