India's technical education best in the world: Clinton

Washington: Lauding India's technical education system, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes the country is one of the best in this field, though it faces a challenge of providing adequate primary education to millions of children.

"You can look at the very best in Indian education, and it's the best in the world. You can look at the technical education and it is to be envied. It is so effective," Clinton said in response to a question which was texted to her during her recent trip to India.

Answers by the top US diplomat to select questions have now been posted on the State Department's website.

Clinton said millions of children in India, however, don't have adequate primary education or secondary education or, certainly, college education.

"India faces the challenge of so many people to serve in very rural areas, often without adequate infrastructure, so you have to come to grips with how you actually produce the schools that are needed, the teachers who will be dedicated, the curriculum and materials that are required," she said.

"It is truly up to all of us -- families, governments, businesses, educational institutions -- to do everything we can to give every child a chance to grow up and fulfill his or her God-given potential," Clinton said.

If Indo-US relationship is managed well, both India and United States can mutually benefit from former's economic progress, Clinton said further.

"I know that some Americans fear that greater partnership with India will mean lost jobs or falling wages in the United States. But if we manage our relationship well, both sides can benefit from India's economic progress," Clinton said.

"India's six per cent growth rate is a bright spot amid the global economic downturn, and bilateral trade and investment flows between our nations have doubled in the last five years," she said, adding that the 300 million members of India's burgeoning middle class present a vast new market and opportunity.

"Our countries should work together to open that market and spread the benefits of sustainable prosperity. We and the rest of the world have a lot to gain from our enhanced cooperation," Clinton said in her response to a question from William in Kentucky.

Clinton also exuded confidence that despite differences over way to tackle climate change, India and the United States can devise a successful plan on the issue.

"I am very confident -- and even more so after this trip -- that the United States and India can devise a plan that will dramatically change the way we produce, consume, and conserve energy. And, in the process, start an explosion of new investments and millions of jobs," Clinton said.

"How India and the United States can work together to devise a comprehensive, strategic approach to climate change and a clean energy future was an important topic of my trip," Clinton said in written response to another question.

The issue was discussed with leaders from both the Indian government and Indian businesses. "We in the United States, under the Obama administration, are recognising our responsibility and taking action," she said.

"The times we live in demand nothing less than a total commitment. The statistics are there for everyone to see. And as both of our nations reaffirmed at the Major Economies Forum just recently held in Italy, and moderated by President Obama, we need a successful outcome in Copenhagen later this year," Clinton said.

Bureau Report
Source: ZeeNews

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