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  1. 1. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service May 2012 Contact: India NewsWatch: Education Sector India NewsWatch is a package of news articles compiled by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to help Canadian businesses stay on top of new developments. Look for TCS Insights in blue. Disclaimer: India NewsWatch is a compilation of articles from various media, packaged for the convenience of TCS clients. As such, the opinions and information in the included articles do not reflect the views of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) or the Government of Canada. Users should be aware that information from media and other sources may not be subject to the Official Languages Act and may be available only in the language(s) in which it was originally written. EDUCATIONAt Home in the World study at international institutions, and is their governanceTimes of India, April 2, 2012 international in its make-up? Currently about 80% of our students go on to study at international universities, andJonathan Long, new principal of Woodstock School, we make sure we consistently fulfill these criteria toMussoorie, talks to Aaditi Isaac on the emergence of maintain the international character of the school education in India At Woodstock, we value the term global over the term international. Our aim is to prepare young people forQ- Woodstock School (founded in 1854) is the first tomorrows world, not school in India. How receptive has Indiabecome to providing international education? Q- What is the profile of the school - faculty and students? An increasing number of students have joined Currently, about 40% of our students are Indian nationals,international schools in India in recent years, as parents and the other 60% are from other countries around thesee the benefits of an international school education. world ranging from the US to the UK, Germany to Japan,However, there are many different "types" of international and Afghanistan to Australia. Our students representschools. Some international schools serve a largely about 30 different countries across the globe, and staffexpatriate community and focus on teaching a set about 20 different nationalities.national curriculum that provides access to tertiaryeducation back in a particular home country. Other Q- Can you elaborate on the different boards/examinationinternational schools have far more diverse student systems followed by the school?populations and offer opportunities for young people to We offer an international curriculum including thegraduate into a worldwide educational environment. Advanced Placement (AP) and IGCSE, as well as theWoodstock has responded to the need for an Indian marksheet and the US High School Diploma. Thisinternational education that offers far more than a means our students have access to higher educationaltraditional academic curriculum. Our holistic approach to institutions around the world and in India.learning is an opportunity to specifically develop cross-cultural understanding, a global outlook, and an ability to Q- Since the school follows many examination systems,build quality relationships with people from different how do students fit in to the Indian higher educationbackgrounds and creeds. Woodstock may have been system, if they do not go abroad?Indias first international school but its understanding of For students intending to attend university in India, theinternationalism has moved well beyond the confines of school offers the Indian mark sheet, which is accepted asstrap-line, curriculum or aspiration. equivalent to 10 + 2 by the Association of Indian Universities, the Indian Institutes of Technology, and theQ- The model of international schools has become quite Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.common in India. What is your view?Several international schools have sprung up across Q- What is Vision 2020 and how is it being achieved?India in recent years, but one would question just howgenuinely international some of these new schools are in The 2020 Vision is our strategic plan for the school for thecharacter. By this, I mean do they have an international next eight years, which aims to help Woodstock continuestudent and staff body, is their curriculum global and a 160-year-old tradition of releasing the potential in younginternationally-accredited, do their students go on to people. Of course, we believe that focusing on this goal
  2. 2. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Businesswill also enable us to maintain our position as a leadingeducational institution in India, impacting on the world.We will achieve it by making sure we keep our diverse Management education sees a meltdownstudent body and talented staff drawn from many nations, Quality, fees and the lack of a brand are some of the issuesmaintaining our outstanding student experience and turning people away from what was once a red-hot sectorlearning opportunities, and by remembering that Times of India, April 18, 2012education is more than just academic results, but aholistic experience. Ultimately the essence of a good A complaint letter written by a third year student against aeducation is formation of character. now shut-management school, on an online consumer complaint forum embodies what seems to be ailing theQ- You became the principal in January 2012, what are current management education scenario in India.your future plans for the school? According to the student, the same professor was takingI want to create a school in which young people discover classes on subjects as varied as finance, informationthat there is far more in them than they realise. Our technology and economics. There were additionalultimate vision is to create conditions in which young fraudulent activities in arranging student loans, andpeople flourish and grow and can release their potential. leasing students out as free employees in the name ofTo do this we need to recruit and retain the best teachers, internships, among other things.make sure our resources here are of the higheststandard, and make sure every dimension of the school is There are a whole host of other reasons that have turnedaligned to our vision and values. students off B-Schools—so much so, that over 70 of them across the country closed down over the last year. For anQ- For three years out of four, Woodstock School has industry which, according to data by researchbeen voted as the most respected international school in consultancy, KPMG, was mushrooming at 1600 per centIndia by Education World. What is the secret? over the past two decades, this is more than just worrisome.Woodstocks authentic international educational B-SCHOOLS ON THE BACKFOOTexperience requires a diverse student and staffcommunity. This is not only a diversity of passports, • 70 B-Schools have shut shop this yearethnicity and language, but also a diversity of socio- • Increasing mismatch between supply of B-Schools and Studenteconomic background, culture and creed. This is a key expectations-Lack of quality infrastructure and facultyresource which allows our international curriculum to be • The number of CAT takers have decreased from 2,23,000 in 2003 to 1,85,000 in 2011truly effective. • Many B-Schools now looking for buyers since a takeover would mean brand infusion into existing infrastructureOur unique Indian Himalayan location also contributes to • Depending on land and infrastructure investment in a given B-our success and the enriching student experience we can School the asking price can vary between Rs 5 and Rs 10 croreoffer. A beautiful and inspiring natural environment iscrucial to the educational process. One of the great • Fringe coaching industry has also taken a hit and is now lookingadvantages is that we create an environment in which at alternative models and new courses like banking and lawyoung people from different cultures, nationalities andcreeds live and work together in the same place. Theyhave the opportunity to learn from others but also to see Whether it is the economic malaise, the grandiose acts oftheir own culture for what it is. We place as much frauds by global corporates such as Enron in the lastemphasis on the development of this global decade or the fact that many MBAs were undoubtedlyunderstanding, and the capacity for critical thinking which behind the sub-prime meltdown, the fact is that thecomes with it, as it does on the academic curriculum or number of applicants that take the Common Admissionqualifications. Test (CAT)—the common management school entrance exam— which was growing steadily from 1,80,000 in 2006 to 2,30,000 in 2009, at a steady 27 per cent, has now declined to as low as 1,85,000 CAT takers in 2010 and has since then consolidated at about 1,86,000 since then.TCS Insights: This overview of the different types ofinternational schools in India provides background to “There is a marked gap between the supply ofinform the possibilities of exchange programs as well as management education schools and the interest among the students for management education. In the light of 2summer and winter camps. Note as well that theWoodstock School and other similar elite institutions play declining numbers interested in management education,into Canadian university recruitment activities. it would be difficult to meet even basic expenses,” said Asish K Bhattacharya, director at Indian Management Institute (IMI), Kolkata, the branch of Sanjiv Goenka
  3. 3. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Businesscontrolled IMI- New Delhi. The resulting problem? “This How can we possibly regulate quality in that case?” Sibalhas meant that the institutes that created infrastructure said.and capacity in tandem with growth expectations by2009, now have excess faculty, and costs that are not There is another issue that dogs B-Schools in India. “Thecommensurate with the demand,” said Bikram Dasgupta, problem is that most B-Schools have no brand,” saidowner of the Kolkata-based Globsyn Business School. Arup Datta, managing consultant. Placements, argue experts are based on how big a brand a given institution Education has always is, the quality of education being imparted to its students been a lucrative space, and the employability of these students. and doubly so in a fast growing country like India. The end-result? A fire sale where every institution that According to data in the can’t survive decides to hawk itself to the highest bidder. 2010 report by Since there is some infrastructure, students and the PricewaterHouseCoopers license to be sold, many trusts are looking for established (PwC), the private spends B-Schools looking to expand presence in parts of India. on higher education in This would bring a brand to available infrastructure, India were pegged at Rs aiding placements. “Depending on infrastructure, location 30,400 crores. In addition and land availability, a typical B-School would be sold for to this, the government anywhere between Rs 5 and 10 crore,” he said. spends an additional Rs 31,000 crore on high Ultimately, the shutting of B-Schools has ripple effects education. across the industry. Management professionals will form a big crux of the 347 million skilled labour gap highlightedWhile much of the management education space in India by the National Skills Development Corporation. Thisremains unregulated, industry estimates peg the would be spread across verticals like organised retail,postgraduate Masters of Business Administration (MBA) banking and financial services, and infrastructure to nameindustry at 3,500 B-Schools, 60,000 students paying a few. More importantly, according to a study by Cygnus,average fees of Rs 3.5 lakhs yearly. “Add about the same a business consultancy, in 2012, there will be anumbers for other post graduate one year diplomas and requirement of about 200,000 fresh MBA in varioushalf this for the undergraduate BBA [Bachelor or sectors. The top 50 B schools in India provide onlyBusiness Administration] and it is possible to get a rough 25,000 fresh MBAs.estimate of the numbers at stake,” said Gautam Puri, MD,Career Launcher. Also affected also by the churn is the fringe element of coaching industry, which is estimated to be about 30 perWhat could be the reason for such a big drop in the cent of the Rs 10,000 Indian coaching industry. IMSnumbers of students seeking management education in Coaching, for example, with presence across 75 townsIndia? Industry insiders argue that evidence points to a has adopted the franchisee model and has decided toquality issue. “The closure instances has to do with the reduce investment in infrastructure and become afact that there is no quality control—the placements are solutions and backend help provider.not commensurate with fees being charged, the faculty isnot good enough, there is no infrastructure,” said TCS Insights: Based on the challenges within IndianSandeep Aneja, founder and managing director of Kaizen institutions and the high quality and recognizable brandPrivate Equity, an education-focused private equity fund. of Canadian MBAs, this is an opportunity for Canadian business schools to attract more Indian students by doingQuality is an issue, given especially that it does not take outreach promotion, whether through 3rd party organizedmuch to launch a B-School in India. Management MBA tours or self-organized in India is regulated by the All India Council forTechnical Education (AICTE). However, most privatemanagement schools get themselves affiliated touniversity MBA programmes from where they get their Skill powercontent. Times of India, April 16, 2012AICTE has norms regulating the minimum student: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) isteacher ratio, fees for courses and infrastructure, which introducing three new regular courses - MTech in foodare easy to fudge. Indeed as recently as early last month, processing technology, PG Diploma in radiologicalunion minister for human resources development, Kapil 3 physics and PG Diploma in educational management -Sibal told a gathering at an education seminar that it is from this academic year.impossible to regulate such schools because because ofthe devious ways in which schools subvert inspections. All three programmes are being introduced in view of the“They hire teachers and facilities for AICTE inspections. increasing demand in these fields. The MTech
  4. 4. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Businessprogramme has been launched, keeping in mind the of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Act, 1998growing demand for skilled and technologically equipped read with its Amendment in 1999 and is recognised bymanpower in the sector. the University Grants Commission(UGC)."Entry of big brands in the food retail market hasincreased the momentum of growth in the fruit andvegetable processing sector. The course aims to provide IIM-K plans Kochi campusinsight into the recent technology relevant to the current Business Line, April 17, 2012food processing sector. It deals in-depth with thenutraceuticals, health and diet foods. The course deals The Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) iswith how to design a product in labs to its market launch planning to establish a satellite campus in Kochi, whichin various sectors of food processing," says RK Gupta, will primarily focus on executive education.faculty, School of Biotechnology. Equipped with an internationally accredited ExecutiveStudents with a BE, BTech, MS and MSc background will Management Education Programme, the institute intendsbe eligible for the course. As to job prospects, he informs, to expand offerings in this space at the new campus. Itstudents can go in for food processing sectors, will start full-time and part-time programmes targeted atnutraceutical industries, regulatory bodies, food middle and senior level executives, according to an IIM-Kstandards and analysis companies. Also, they can look spokesperson.for a career in food research institutes in India andabroad. The campus will be initially housed within Infopark and will offer specialised courses for executives of the ITAs for the second course on offer, Avinash Sharma, sector. To begin with, it will have one-year executive MBAfaculty, School of Sciences, says that till now, radiological programme as well as two-year part-time programmes inphysics as a discipline was offered only at the Bhabha addition to a bunch of short-duration managementAtomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai. Now, the development will be offering a PG Diploma in the subject onthe same pattern as taught at BARC. ‘Inclusive educationSharma adds, "Students can opt for jobs like radiation By locating the campus in Kochi, IIM-K is looking atsafety officers in research institutes, in health care supporting the growth and development of business andcentres, specialty hospitals, cancer research institutes, industry in the region, the spokesperson said.etc. The university has already tied up with a fewhospitals for handson-training as well as for future In addition to offering executive training and educationplacements." programmes, the satellite campus will also support IIM- Ks mission of ‘inclusive education.Students from MSc in physics, biophysics withmathematics, as a must at the UG level, will be eligible The institute is planning to incubate a finishing school tofor the course. extend specialised programmes for people belonging to marginalised sections of the society. It had previouslyThe third course, PG diploma in educational incubated CREST, a national level institution inmanagement, is designed to cater to the needs of Kozhikode with this objective.leadership in the education sector. "The course dealswith creating leaders in the field of education," says Saroj The facility inside the Infopark is expected to becomeSharma, faculty, School of Education. functional by October this year and the courses to be commenced by the end of the year. The campus willShe adds, students after completing the course can make become full-fledged within the next three yearscareers in policy-planning, work in NGOs andgovernment agencies. TCS Insights: Executive education has become popular in India, Canadian institutions can look for Indian partnersAs for eligibility, graduates from any discipline with 50% for offering such programs that are tailored to the needsaggregate marks can apply for the course. of an executive.Apart from this, the university is also going to start a newcentre for study and propagation of human values.TCS Insights: Canadian institutions offering courses in 4radiological physics, food processing technology and Kings College launches its institute in Indiaeducation management may seek collaboration with Times of India, April 24, 2012Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, which isestablished by Government of Delhi under the provisions Kings College London has launched its new institute in
  5. 5. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do BusinessIndia. With the comparative framework offered by the says, “Typical standard offers are set by for each course,Brazil, China and the upcoming Russia institute, the by the departments, but it is recommended that theprogrammes at the India institute are designed to equip condition should be a minimum of 90% in each of the fivestudents with the skills and awareness necessary for a subjects taken in the Class 12 examinations.successful future in the global economy. This equates to approximately the top 3% of candidatesBritish Foreign Minister William Hague, who inaugurated taking the CBSE and ISC.”the newly launched institute, says, "Now is the time tostudy India, to invest in India and to work with India. The Science subjects may also require that candidates takerise of India and other nations is good for the people of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrancethose countries; it is good for the world; and it brings examinations as a pre-condition for entry. There are likelyimmense opportunities for a country like Britain that is to be further conditions made by individual departmentsable to seize them." in addition to the overall standard required for a conditional offer to Oxford.The Institute is pioneering an interdisciplinary approach toresearch on contemporary India, with experts from across The university’s standard offers for A-level range fromthe fields of social sciences, policy, law, security studies, A*A*A to AAA, with some courses specifying some of thescience and health. Director, Sunil Khilnani, author of The subjects that students must have studied (eg to apply forIdea of India, leads the Institute. engineering, you need to have physics and maths to A- level). “We expect the same to be true for Indian students, and some courses will require students to include certain specific subjects among the five they takeTCS Insights: The opening of the King’s College to Class 12, and may require particular grades inInstitute demonstrates the attraction of India as a partner particular subjects. Candidates must also demonstrateand source of international students, while the Foreign proficiency in English to a very high level,” she adds.Education Providers Bill remains stalled, institutes suchas this provide alternate means to approach engagement Class 12 results workwith India. The University and College Admissions Service in the UK also recommends that the CBSE and ISC Class 12 results are suitable for admission to UK universities. Earlier, Oxford aspirants to the undergraduate courses needed to appear in various tests before they wereWelcome to Oxford considered eligible for admission.Hindustan Times, April 3, 2012 Both the boards have reacted positively to the move,From next year, the University of Oxford will allow saying it will widen the scope of opportunities for thoseadmission in its undergraduate courses for those aiming to go to the UK for higher studies. “We are alreadysecuring 90% and more in the ISC or CBSE exams. preparing our students for overseas studies with specialAccording to the university, the decision was taken emphasis on English to boost written and communicationkeeping in mind the “terrific scholars India is producing.” skills of students. It gives them an edge when they compete in international exams. It’s good that Oxford also“The review of Class 12 has been part of our process of recognises our students and will allow them direct entry,”reviewing international qualifications. Oxford has also says Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary, Council for theseen a fast-growing and very high performing group of Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). CISCEIndian postgraduate students in recent years, which has conducts the Indian School Certificate examination.confirmed how many terrific scholars India is producing,”says Dr Julia Paolitto, press officer, admissions and The council was established by the University ofeducational policy, University of Oxford. Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. CBSE has also welcomed the decision of the University of Oxford. “ItIndia is rising rapidly – economically, in terms of will put our students on the global map, giving them aneducational quality and this has motivated the university’s opportunity to study in one of the best universities in thedecision to accept applications from students taking the world,” says a CBSE official.ISC and CBSE exams. The average fee for undergraduates wishing to study at“This is also why our director for graduate admissions Oxford in 2013 is likely to range between £13,000 andand studies has made a special trip to recruit bright £15,000 per year.Indian postgraduates,” says Paolitto. 5 TCS Insights: Given the large number of Indian studentsEligibility criteria scoring 90% and above on their ISC and CBSEElaborating on the eligibility criteria for admission to the examinations, Indian students will be bound to bevarious programmes at the University of Oxford, Paolitto attracted by this offer. Canadian schools may wish to
  6. 6. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Businessconsider similar options, and if they have these already in potentially vulnerable to future climate change.”place, to publicize these policies to showcase the According to the professor, University of NorthamptonCanadian advantage. has specifically designed this course jointly with the University of Madras to meet the needs and ever growing sustainability demands of India and other developing countries.University of Northampton (UK) signs MoU withUniversity of Madras Besides this, discussions were also held regarding theTimes of India, April 9, 2012 association of the universities for establishing anThe University of Northampton, which is among UK’s international network of academic institutions interestedmost prestigious teaching institutions, recently signed a in promoting research, education and scholarship in theMoU with the University of Madras to conduct its online field of waste management. This will be a consortium ofMSc programme in international environmental universities worldwide, who share academic excellencemanagement. Professor Nick Petford, who is the vice- and a commitment to sustainable environmental andchancellor of the University of Northampton met Dr VD wastes management. Professor Petford also expressedSwaminathan, the director of the University Centre for his interest in establishing a Centre for WasteInternational Relations, University of Madras, and Management with the University of Madras.discussed about the course being delivered through ajoint award arrangement. The two universities will now Commenting on the MoU, Dr Swaminathan said,work together to validate and launch this degree for the “Through this association, the students here have anJanuary 2013 intake. opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become effective environmentalProfessor Petford, who is a former Royal Society managers.”University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill TCS Insights: With the growing interest in wasteCollege, Cambridge, said, “Environmental management management throughout the country, Canadianissues now feature prominently on national and institutions with relevant expertise may wish to joininternational political agendas. The Indian subcontinent is similar consortia.particularly sensitive to climate variability, while itsenvironment, society, industry and agriculture are For more information on Education Sector consult Education Sector Profile - India (see Want to know more? Contact the Education Sector Team in India at Disclaimer India NewsWatch is a compilation of articles from various media, packaged for the convenience of TCS clients.As such, the opinions and information in the included articles do not reflect the views of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) or the Government of Canada. Users should be aware that information from media and other sources may not be subject to the Official Languages Act and may be available only in the language(s) in which it was originally written. 6 6