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CMU to offer engineering programs to Indian students

On the heels of President Obama’s visit to India, Carnegie Mellon University officials announced yesterday morning that the school will offer engineering programs to students in the world’s largest democracy.

The program, in partnership with the Shiv Nadar Foundation, will offer 25 undergraduates the opportunity to study at CMU’s Oakland campus. Officials hope to expand the program to as many as 100 students within a few years.

“Global education has always been the big dream for Indian students, particularly so over the last two decades,” Shiv Nadar, founder of a billion-dollar global technology firm and chairman of the foundation, said in a written statement.

“This alliance with Carnegie Mellon University will now offer Indian students the chance to access the education architecture of a highly renowned, world-class institution right here in India.”

Students will spend two academic years and two summers in Pittsburgh and the remainder at the foundation’s campus in Chennai, a city with a population of 4.3 million on India’s northeastern coast. Students will earn CMU degrees based on the same academic standards as the Oakland campus.

“The idea is to make sure they get a complete CMU experience,” said Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the university’s college of engineering. That includes a broader education encompassing humanities and social sciences, Khosla said.

The foundation and Carnegie Mellon have an existing partnership in graduate-level education through the Advanced Software Engineering program.

“This new alliance enables Carnegie Mellon University and the Shiv Nadar Foundation a chance to offer India’s students a distinctive edge and international recognition. We believe that this landmark partnership will establish a new way of delivering engineering education to Indian students,” CMU President Jared L. Cohon said in a written statement.

Obama visited India this week in part to encourage stronger collaboration between higher education institutions there and in the United States.

Indian students in the United States represent about 15 percent of the total international student population, according to the Institute of International Education, a New York nonprofit. In 2008-09, more than 103,000 international students from India studied in America, according to the institute.

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