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Ball State University and Jindal School of International Affairs introduces training for Afghan Universities

By Srimal Fernando

18 February 2019

Afghanistan receives unprecedented press coverage around the world because of the long drawn-out civil war. However, this great nation situated on the crossroads of South and Central Asia looks towards a divinely determined past moving towards a bright future.  Afghans are waiting to see what changes the country’s policymakers and the international community will bring.

Photo: Dr. Sreeram Chaulia, Dean at JSIA,  Professor Raj Kumar,  Vice-Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU)  and Prof. Y.S.R. Murthy Registrar JGU

In this context India's support to Afghanistan is very important.

In recent years India offered a wide range of capacity building programmes focusing on socio-economic development in Afghanistan. In fact, the Afghanistan government declared 2018 as the “Year of Education".  One of the key measures India is now considering is capacity building and training programmes for Afghanistan tertiary institutions. In this regard, it is noteworthy to mention that the O.P Jindal Global University (JGU) of India with Ball State University of USA commenced a training program for faculties working in Afghan universities in 2019.

At the inaugural session organized for the visiting Afghan faculty members, Dr. Sreeram  Chaulia the Dean of the Jindal  School of International  Affairs  (JSIA)  stated: " India is contributing to the capacity building of Afghanistan through various initiatives, and this Afghan faculty training program would be a Path Breaking initiative in capacity building.”  

The training program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was a collaborative initiative with the Centre for Afghanistan studies of the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), Institute for higher education research and capacity building ( IIHED)  and Ball State University.

The participants from the Afghanistan universities teach Public policy and Administration and Development management. The trainers for this programme are from both O.P Jindal University and Ball State University and resources persons from other institutions and research organizations. The sessions include curriculum development workshops, Intensive English language training, technology workshops, and field visits.

Dr. Raghav Sharma, an Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Afghanistan Studies and Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee, the Assistant Director of the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) played an important role to get this training programme underway.

Srimal Fernando is a Research scholar at Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), India and a Global editor of The Diplomatic Society for South Africa. He won the 2018/2019 Best Journalist of the year award in South Africa.




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