The head of the United States’ most prestigious college for women, The College for Women of America (WCHA), is pushing to make Indian colleges “indigenous” by 2020.
She’s pushing for a new kind of Indian college, and the first in the US to be founded by women.
Ashish Nath Singh, head of WCHA’s Division of Diversity and Equity, made her comments at the start of a panel discussion on India’s new education model, which will be hosted by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
She said she thinks Indian colleges are doing a “good job” of creating an Indian environment, and she hopes Indian universities will adopt a similar approach.
“The first thing we need to do is make Indian universities more inclusive,” Singh said, adding that it’s the right thing to do.
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which is an influential think tank that focuses on economics and technology, said in a statement that the Indian education model is “an important step forward” in addressing gender inequality.
It called on India to make India an “indigenized” country, with the goal of “building a more inclusive Indian economy and society.”
But Singh said the model needs to be more inclusive, and called for the government to put more effort into “creating the right kinds of partnerships and infrastructure” to support Indian universities.
“If India doesn’t have a more diverse set of partners, then the education system will not be a true global success,” she said.
“The world needs more Indian universities, not fewer.”
She also said India should not forget its own history.
“Our Indian history should not be forgotten, it should be remembered as a contribution,” Singh told the conference.
“The Indian culture and traditions should not fade, they should be preserved,” she added.