India and the United States (US) have similar societies and shared values, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday, stressing that education and skills development are important pillars of Indo-US relations.
Pradhan addressed the India Ideas Summit organized by the US-India Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce, International Affairs, South Asia. The theme of the event was “Maximizing the Next 75 years of US-India Prosperity”.
Pradhan called for increased academic cooperation between higher education institutions in both countries to offer twinning, joint degrees and dual degree programs, as well as strengthening cooperation in research and skills development.
“India and the US have similar societies and shared values. Education and skills development are important pillars of Indo-US relations,” said Pradhan, who also has the skills development and entrepreneurship portfolio.
Speaking about the “internationalization of education” envisioned in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Pradhan called on US institutions and businesses to partner with India in the rapidly changing education and skills landscape.
“A growing digital economy, an ambitious population, a knowledge society and policy reforms are creating unprecedented opportunities in India,” he said.
The minister added that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making great efforts in educating, retraining and retraining its youth.
“India has a large young and well-educated population that is an asset to any industry worldwide if they receive targeted training and capacity building according to industry requirements,” he said. “India is favorably positioned, mainly because of its demographic lead and several skills initiatives.”