In order to address this need, the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) program was founded by University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) with the help of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Pan IIT (organization of IIT alumni), International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE).

The overall objective is to build US-India collaborations in order to make engineering education and research more relevant to the needs of the global society and to the aptitudes and aspirations of new generations of youth. Engineering educators of US and India are in a unique position to address these challenges by working together. Strong bonds have already been developed between US and India, because of the large number of Indian engineering graduates who migrate to the US and make valuable contributions to the US research enterprise and to the US economy. Several of these engineers have become entrepreneurs and have played a major role in the Information Technology revolution and in a variety of non-technology oriented industries such as hospitality. Many of them are also leaders in engineering education in the US. This synergy between US and India provides the opportunity for the two countries to collaborate on building the next generation technical workforce using new paradigms.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) represents engineering educators from all over the US and has, in recent years, been playing a lead role in the globalization of engineering education. International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) is a key partner of IUCEE and provides a forum for the lessons learnt from the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) to be adapted to other countries across the globe.

Pan IIT, an organization of the alumni and faculty of Indian Institutes of Technology, has been a partner for building this Collaboration. At the Pan IIT 2006 Conference held in Mumbai, one of the key action items called for IITs and IITians to contribute to nation building by assisting in the improvement of the quality of engineering education throughout India.

The Vision and Action Plan for the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) program was conceptualized by over 150 leaders of engineering education and businesses from US and India during two workshops, one in India in June 2007 and another in Washington in August 2007. The Vision is to improve the quality and global relevance of engineering research and education in India by imbibing of global best practices from the US and other countries with help of best faculty members. US and other countries will benefit from the higher quality talent available globally from improved capacity of Indian engineering research and education. The goal is to create a sustainable model involving all the stake holders and benefitting US as well as India. The Action Plan called for scaling up of promising practices identified by the Collaborators for strengthening the base of the four pillars of engineering education:

  1. Learner-centric teaching.
  2. Research excellence.
  3. Outcomes based quality supported by accreditation.
  4. Innovation and entrepreneurship.
Industry participation is emphasized as key to the success of all these.

IUCEE objective is to increase the number of engineering faculty in the US and in India who collaborate on research and teaching and who will be able to better prepare engineers for the global economy. Initial emphasis is on building capacity to improve the teaching quality of faculty in the large number of engineering colleges by introducing state-of-the-art concepts of problem based and outcomes based approaches to teaching and learning. This is being implemented with the leadership of experienced Indian faculty in collaboration with US faculty experts. Simultaneously, the culture of research and innovation among these colleges is being enhanced via the resulting networks and collaborations between the US and Indian institutions, thereby increasing the capacity of the Indian institutions to engage in world-class research and generate innovative solutions for addressing crucial problems facing India and world. The corporates and government institutions are playing a key role in this partnering process in order to ensure relevance to societal needs.


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