New Delhi, June 5 (UNI) The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the revised draft agreement with the US for Financing Certain Education Exchange Programmes and also gave its approval for change in nomenclature of the 'Fulbright Scholarship' to 'Fulbright-Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships and Grants'.
The Agreement provides for the creation of the US India Educational Foundation' awarding 'Fulbright Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships and Grants'. Initially about 240 students from India and a similar number from the USA will be sponsored annually under the Programme.
The Agreement will facilitate expansion of the existing Fulbright Educational exchange programme to double the number of scholars exchanged with a financial contribution by India and equal participation of India in policy and decision-making on the exchange of Indian and US scholars through equal participation in the Board of the US-India Education Foundation.
This would serve Government of India's objectives of supporting and encouraging Indian studies, research, instruction and other educational activities for US citizens and nationals in India and Indian citizens and nationals in US schools and institutions in or outside USA.
It would facilitate visits and interchanges between students and trainees, teachers, instructors and professors; and other related educational and cultural programmes and activities by American scholars / students/ researchers in Indian and similar projects by Indian scholars in the USA.
The move would encourage exchanges between American academics and Indian universities. Indian researchers assisting visiting US scholars would benefit greatly from associating with the US visitors' work. Host institutions and organizations on both sides would have the opportunity to develop the desired linkages.
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