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SRM Institute of Technology (SRMIST) formally joined the India Global Higher Education Alliance at the first policy dialogue “India Global Higher Education Alliance Symposium”, in New Delhi on 21 May 2018.

Commenting on the development, Professor Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, SRMIST welcomed the formation of the Alliance and highlighted the need for collaborative efforts to tackle the challenges facing higher education in India. “Being the founding member of the Alliance, SRMIST is bestowed with the privilege of supporting the dreams of many students.” he said. It is imperative for us to focus better on higher education for India’s techno-socio-economic development, he added.

In spite of phenomenal growth in higher education provision since Independence, India still faces the perennial problems of equity, access, and quality in higher education.  In order for the country to move forward, it is indispensable for the Gross Enrolment Ratio to grow beyond the current 25%.

The India Global Higher Education Alliance is a small but important step in this direction, and provides a platform for achieving three primary goals:

  • Building a community of innovative secondary and higher education leaders who will work to improve the transition for students to higher education in India
  • Establishing a forum for sharing of global best practices to learn from what is working in admissions around the world
  • Taking concrete actions to help ensure that all students, regardless of income, geography or social class, can access excellent higher education.

Through concrete action plans, the Alliance aims at ensuring that more of India’s neediest students have access to higher education. The College Board, along with its partners, are seeking to bridge the gaps in the education system by helping   in simplifying entrance and admission processes, building critical thinking skills needed for the future, facilitating mid- and low-income students’ access to high quality undergraduate experiences and enabling Indian Universities to better recruit, admit and enrol students.

SRMIST is one of India’s leading multistream institutions, offering a wide range of programmes in engineering and technology, science and humanities, law, health and medical sciences and management. “We have over 45,000 students studying in our 4 campuses, this implies we are already playing an important role in reaching world-class education to our people, through the power of education’, commented Professor Sancheti.

The College Board also announced the College Board India Scholars Program, wherein high achieving, low-income students in India would be eligible to take the SAT at reduced costs and obtain full scholarships to India Global Alliance member universities in India that are co-funded by the College Board and Indian Alliance members.

The College Board is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization that was established in 1900. It was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.