Adrian Mutton, CEO and founder of Sannam S4, speaks about the unlimited potentials in the field of academics that can strengthen the US-India partnership with the journalist, The Statesman – one of India’s oldest English newspapers.

Adrian Mutton, founder, and CEO of Sannam S4 told BW Businessworld “People say the number of patents In India is rising but I challenge the statistics and ask how much of it is then turned into wealth creation and employability”.

India has embarked on an exciting journey to convert its brain drain into brain gain by attracting expertise and investment in higher education through US-India Knowledge Exchange. Adrian Mutton, founder, and CEO of Sannam S4 and the USIKE, told The PIE News “the potential of cross-border collaboration, higher education reform in India and significant talent pools for future projects provided impetus to the Department of State to launch a project that focuses on these very themes”.

A delegation of US universities visited India for the first US-India Knowledge Exchange (USIKE), interacting with institutional and government representatives to foster collaborative research and innovation in various fields between the two countries. The initiative, launched last year by US-based organisation Sannam S4 and non-profit organisation US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, aims to identify key areas of collaborative research (private and public sector) and unlock significant funding pools.

Executive director and head of education at Sannam S4, Lakshmi Iyer told The PIE News the decision should help IITs to attract the top international students from South Asian and African countries, in particular.

Commenting on the announcement Lakshmi Iyer, executive director and head of education at Sannam S4, told The PIE News that this is a small but significant step.

Organised by market-entry experts, Sannam S4 and the US–India Strategic Partnership Forum, the day-long event was deemed successful in developing paths for greater cooperation between US and Indian higher education.

Market-entry expert Sannam S4, which works with education providers in multiple countries, has won the Consultancy Firm of the Year at the 2nd Annual UK-India Awards in the UK.

Lakshmi Iyer, head of education at Sannam S4, meanwhile, told The PIE many institutions specifically stipulated in their contracts with agents they would not be responsible for local taxes.

The US-India Knowledge Exchange -an initiative of market entry specialist Sannam S4 and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) – will convene the leading minds from the two countries in academia, innovation, public policy, the private sector, and non-profit organisations.

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