A first-of-its- kind global educational partnership event was held in Pune, India on the 23rd of April, 2012.The UK Trade and Investment / British High Commission India, Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) and All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society (AISSMS), Pune, hosted a Two Days Education Partnership event of a gathering of erudite academicians from India and the UK to project Pune as ‘An Education Hub’

“Hon’ble Dr. Arun Nigavekar, (Former Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, FormerVice Chancellor, University of Pune, Founder Director, National Assessment & Accreditation Council) was the

CHIEF GUEST of honour, Dr. Abhay Wagh, Deputy Secretary- Higher & Technical education ,Government Of Maharashtra, was the Special Guest of Honour .Shrimant chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj from the royal family of the great warrior of India Shri Shivaji Maharaj, Dr.Sunil Karad – Executive Director MIT Group of Institutions, Pune and Mr. Mushtaq Birader from the British High Commission recorded their presence for the Inaugural Session of the Two Days INDIA – UK EDUCATION FORUM-2012. The Summit brought together prominent and leading personalities from the field of Education and Technology, committed to promoting the highest standards of education, value systems and governance in the education sector.

The forum served as a platform, not only for discussions and exchange of ideas, but also for setting standards, measuring results and formulating norms between India and the UK. The forum focussed on addressing issues that would help improve the quality of education, bring a holistic approach to educational infrastructure in the country and also open up new vistas in academic collaborations.

The Partnership forum brought together top 15 British Universities and over 20 institutions from India, specially invited educationists and entrepreneurs related to the education sector. The agenda included Panel discussions on the topics –

i) Collaboration Opportunities for India and UK and

ii) Twinning and student exchange Program- Challenges and Success stories.

The participants got an opportunity to interact with the leaders in education from both the countries and also got an insight into the policies and reforms of India and UK.

Written By : Milind Pande