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AIEA 2010 Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), is a professional association founded in 1982. It engages institutional leaders who deal with the international dimensions of higher education. It is an excellent forum for institutional leaders from India to connect with corresponding leaders from the US universities. It is not only an opportunity to learn about the latest trends and issues in international higher education but also to explore future collaborations and networking. The 2010 conference takes place in Washington DC and provides ample opportunities visiting and engaging some of the best global universities located in the East coast. I would encourage you to submit proposal for the 2010 conference.Please review the guidelines and feel free to write to for further questions. 2010 Call for proposal
2009 Conference program

I am also sharing the perspectives of Dr. William B. Lacy, AIEA 2010 Conference Chair & President-Elect and Dr. Darla Deardo…

Guru Mantra: Dr. Asha Gupta, Author, Education in the 21st Century

Dr. Asha Gupta
Director, University of Delhi
Author, Education in the 21st Century - Looking Beyond University

Dr. Asha Gupta, Director at the Directorate of Hindi Medium Implementation, University of Delhi, a former principal of Bharati College, recipient of Shastri Indo-Canadian, Norwegian and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Research Fellowships, is a political economist by training with keen interests in research on higher education in India and abroad. Dr Gupta has been a UGC Career Awardee in Humanities, recipient of UGC Major Research Grant and the Convener of IPSA RC 44 on Military Rule and Democratization. She has been associated with many national and international bodies, such as, International Studies Association and World Federation of Mental Health. She has been a National Merit Scholarship holder and a gold medalist. Her books include: Beyond Privatization: A Global Perspective; Changing Perspectives of Welfare State: the Issue of Privatization; Towards privatization; Sociali…

Engineering Pipeline: Disproportionate and Disconnected

Engineering in India is an highly aspirational field of study and has grown rapidly in popularity. From 1997-2007, the number of AICTE approved seats of engineering grew from 115,000 to 551,000 (CAGR of 17% per year). The demand for engineering education mirrors the growth in the IT jobs starting late 1990s. Private higher education institutions acted in a proactive manner and contributed to most of the demand for engineering education.

However this expansion came at the expense of quality. On one side, there are reports of unemployment among engineers and on other side there are concerns of future unmet demand. Thus, there is a significant gap between what industry needs and what education is providing.

This recession has made the situation worse and radical quality assurance measures to address the problem of unemployment and skill gap. The primary reasons for current situation are:
1) Number of engineering institutions have increased at a fast pace
2) Demand by industry for engineering…

World-Class Universities: Making Aspirations Achievable

University World News published my article on the challenge of making the aspirations of world-class universities achievable.

GLOBAL: Aspiring to world-class universities achievable
Rahul Choudaha*
16 August 2009
Issue: 0089
University World News

The prestige seeking behaviour of universities is ever increasing as the global war for talent intensifies and education's role in the knowledge economy becomes more critical. In this process, the quest for world-class status among universities has become more prominent.

For example, the Prime Minister of India has announced establishment of 14 world-class universities in the XIth five-year plan 2007-2012. Likewise in 2007,Pakistan announced its ambitious US$4.3 billion project to create nine world-class engineering universities in collaboration with European universities, with 50% of its academics and administrators coming from Europe.

The big question is how achievable these aspirations are? Are countries and universities beng unrealisti…

Guru Mantra: Abhijit Bhaduri, HR Practitioner and Author of Married But Available

Abhijit Bhaduriis a Human Resources practitioner who helps firms become employers of choice by building HR processes and skills. He draws on his extensive experience to help firms implement systems of talent acquisition, onboarding new hires, managing change, building performance management systems and articulating an employer brand. As a skilled facilitator, he has been a coach and mentor for senior leaders, HR teams and people managers. He is certified in using Hogan Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey for coaching and developing senior leaders. He is also trained as a Master trainer in Targeted Selection from DDI, New York that teaches executives how to be more effective interviewers.

Abhijit has led Human Resources teams for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and global firms like Tata Steel for twenty five years. He has led HR teams in India, SE Asia and US. His assignments have been in generalist roles as well as in specialist roles in designing an…

Passage to India: covered story about the regulatory environment in India and interest of foreign universities in establishing their presence in India. I was quoted in this article. - Rahul Choudaha

Passage to India August 6, 2009
Elizabeth Redden
Kapil Sibal, minister of human resource development, is pushing to open India to foreign universities hoping to set up campuses there. Blair H. Sheppard, dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, is among those pulling for him.“We want to go there as Duke,” said Sheppard, who in September announced Fuqua's partnership with the Graduate School of Management at St. Petersburg State University, as well as plans to similarly establish “a physical presence of real scope and scale” (complete with Duke M.B.A. programs, at least two research centers, executive education, and service learning opportunities) in Dubai, London, New Delhi and Shanghai.“The objective is to actually be in India as Duke and partner …

Guru Mantra: Anjali Raina, ED, Harvard Business School India

Anjali Raina
Executive Director
Harvard Business School India Research Center (IRC)

Ms. Anjali Raina joined as the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School India Research Center (IRC), Mumbai in March 2008. In this leadership role she focuses on building and maintaining relationships with senior business leaders in the region to facilitate the expanding work of the Center in research, educational programs, and alumni endeavors.
The IRC seeks to understand and document the emerging trends that are shaping the future of India and the region. It seeks to play a proactive role in the social transformation of India. It engages HBS faculty, shares knowledge and best practices through research and case studies with leaders who are driving India’s growth and development. In short, the IRC works to bring the best of Harvard to India and take the best of India to Harvard.
To this end, to date , it has facilitated the writing of over 80 case studies on Indian Business Practice, supported hal…