Education and people-to-people engagement are important priorities of U.S. foreign policy and President Obama has called the U.S.- India relationship one of the “defining partnerships of the 21st century”. Yet, the pool of Americans ready to manage the growing political, economic and cultural ties between the U.S. and India is small. In 2013-14, only 4,377 American students participated in study abroad programs in India while at the same time, 102,673 Indians studied in U.S. institutions.
Passport to India seeks to inspire America’s next generation to reevaluate the impact India promises to have on their future lives and careers. A free, interactive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on India’s historic, economic, and intellectual importance endeavors to bring India to the forefront of America’s best and brightest minds.
Passport to India will also work closely with the university and business communities to increase the number of opportunities available for U.S. students and recent graduates in India. This involves sharing best practices among study abroad models and catalyzing the Indian presence at key international education conferences, such as NAFSA and AIEA.
Passport to India will work with corporate leaders of both nations to create nationwide internship competitions for young Americans in India. Creating such opportunities will allow American youth to see first-hand the sometimes overlooked partnerships between U.S. and Indian businesses.
The Passport to India team also hopes to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs by encouraging youth in both countries to develop ideas, solutions, and companies that can address shared global challenges of the 21st century.
Passport to India is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Ohio State University. For more information, please visit the initiative’s website: www.PassportToIndia.com.