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Excerpt from The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1, 2009

On U.S. Visit, India's Education Minister Presses for More Involvement by American Universities

By Beth McMurtrie and Karin Fischer

In an unusually aggressive effort to build alliances with American universities, India's education minister traveled to the United States last week for extensive discussions on how the United States could more deeply engage with India.

Kapil Sibal, who, just a few months into office, has positioned himself as both a blunt critic of India's education system and an ardent advocate of educational reform and global engagement, told American officials that he sees the...

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Comments - November 02, 2009 at 09:57 am

This article further reinforces my experience with Kapil. Mr. Sibal was an honored guest of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation ( in 2006 when President Jimmy Carter presented the first International Carter Award for Campus Community Partnership to three universities in India. I personally requested Mr. Sibal to join us and I was struck with his positive, direct and a quick response. His support for working in partnerships with others was also evident from his accepting our invitation to come to an international event celebrating colleges and communities working together to make a difference to the lives of others. His progressive approach is exactly what India needs today to take education forward.

Dr. Sue Sehgal, Founder & President
Campus Community Partnership Foundation
(Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation)

Mr. Kapil Sibal lighting the ceremonial lamp at the Carter Partnership Award Program in India.

Mr. Sibal making his remarks about the Campus Community Partnership Program and education.

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