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LondonMet Keen on Widening Research Collaborations With India

Education experts from Britain feel that Indian universities are reluctant to go in for research collaborations though the quality // of state-run institutions in the country is better than in many Southeast Asian nations.

And although India is an IT giant, there is still a great reluctance towards online education in this country, London Metropolitan University educationists Robert Aylett and Mark Bickerton.

"In India, the emphasis is still on the teacher as the instructor, face-to-face, even in higher education and the classroom continues to be a linear model," Aylett said.

Touring India with plans to deliver speciality courses, the two experts spoke to IANS here on their university's collaborations in India and neighbourhood countries.

"In India, there is a tendency to look down upon distance education as the second best." With such a huge IT industry, online education should actually be "the thing" in India, they said.

LondonMet is in the process of developing a curriculum for delivering lessons in higher education courses through mobile phones, said Robert Aylett, deputy vice-chancellor (academic).

"We have been debating what should be delivered online. Can art, language, IT programming be taught this way?

"We are making a major research bid and are looking for strategic partners for delivery over PCs and mobiles," Aylett said.

"Lectures can be delivered through voice learning, games, other interactive modules which can all be accepted by students on mobiles and PCs, especially working students, doing Masters and Ph.Ds, upgrading their qualification levels," Bickerton, LondonMet's director (student recruitment) added.

LondonMet has been collaborating with the Beijing Union University, Hunan University, Jiangxi University of Finance and Guangdon University.

"India as a country has less collaboration in higher education than Malaysia and even Bangladesh
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