THE INDUS FOUNDATION

The Indus Foundation is a registered non-profit trust (No. 236/10) under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of higher education in India. The Foundation is well established internationally for over 20 years. An important mission of the Foundation is to galvanize high-impact collaborations between reputable foreign universities and their Indian counterparts. The Foundation is committed to assisting Indian students to study in good colleges and universities in India and other countries. The motto of the Foundation is: Educational Excellence Without Borders.

The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of skill development, startups and entrepreneurship in India. The Foundation assists institutions including Industrial training institutes, polytechnics, community colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, corporate trainers and skill providers in recruiting students and career aspirants. Its staff are in a unique position to offer current and relevant advice to students and career aspirants on the one hand and to the institutions on the other.

OUR VISION

No region on earth is growing faster or expanding its role in international affairs more quickly than the Asian community of nations. And the Indian sub-continent, with its glorious Indus Valley Civilization, is now once again emerging as one of the most important countries of the World. The Indian sub-continent is home to more than 1.25 billion people, nearly one sixth of the World's population. The Indus Foundation is an organization dedicated to empowering the students of India for accessing the best educational and career opportunities in the world.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  Provide a global platform where youth, educators, industry & governments can meet and develop together.
  Provide access to an international knowledge base where ideas and best practices are exchanged.
  Impact the national, regional, and global education agendas and resource distribution.
  Create an increased understanding for how important skills training is for economic development.
  Stimulate invigorating deliberation on policy framework for education and skill development.
  Showcasing global and national innovations, best practices and lessons learnt.
  Provide platform for national and international collaborations and partnerships.
  Provide platform for networking and interactions between leaders from academia, industry and government.
  Create awareness of latest skills training in various sectors.
  Encourage employment generation through education and skills training.
  Highlight self-employment opportunities.
  Act as a knowledge platform for future generation.
  Bring out new innovative ways of education and training.
  Create entrepreneurship.

OUR MISSION

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

It is well known that skill and knowledge are the fulcrums to a nation’s development and economic augmentation. In today’s global scenario, countries boasting of higher and better levels of skills are understood to adjust more efficiently to the opportunities and challenges in the work field and thus deliver results.

Business and industry in India is facing shortage of skilled people. This shortage directly affects their productivity and growth. The primary challenge faced by business and industry in India is a shortage of 76% of technical and skilled manpower. As per estimates, only 4% of population of India is skilled compared to 68% in the UK, 75% in Germany, 58% in the USA, 80% in Japan and an enviable 96% in South Korea.

It has been estimated that 75% of fresh graduates from the education system of India are not readily employable. There is thus a huge opportunity and a challenge in building the required infrastructure for overcoming the shortage of skilled manpower.

The Indus Foundation aims to take a deeper look at the present skill ecosystem, map it against the future trends, identify future jobs & skill requirements and propose a way to re-engineer the skill ecosystem. The Summit & Expo will examine collaboration between universities and industries for skills development; the generation, acquisition, and adoption of knowledge (innovation and technology transfer); and the promotion of entrepreneurship (start-ups and spin-offs).

Startups have become a clear focus not only from the Government "StartUp India" but with every major university now building an innovation lab and a startup cell including courses on Startups and Entrepreneurship. Startups have become important and interesting career options for students with a focus on "Job Creators vs Job Seekers". Frugal innovation is also in this mix for building the Startups and Entrepreneurship in India.

EDUCATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Educational collaborations promote universal and equitable access to education, and develop in students the knowledge, confidence, and requisite skills to become lifelong learners and economic competitors in a dynamic global marketplace. Today, success is determined by access to knowledge. It is no longer an option, it is a mandate for survival. An important mission of the Foundation is to galvanize high-impact educational collaborations between educational entities in India on the one hand and those in Foreign Countries on the other. The Foundation acts as an internationally recognized support system for 21st Century education for bridging the education divide.

Indian educational system has been in transition in the recent past. India has the world’s second largest post-secondary student population of over 12.8 million. It is expected that this number will double over the next 12 to 15 years. Further, Indian economy is transforming into an international powerhouse requiring India to have the best possible educational opportunities for its citizens. Faced with a growing demand for post secondary education and limited resources, India is looking to the private sector and foreign universities to bridge this expected shortage. India is a member of the WTO and has now become a signatory to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), thereby enabling high quality educational services to be offered in India from around the world.

The Indus Foundation recognizes that collaborative research programs, graduate and post-graduate programs, twinning programs, certificate programs, faculty exchange programs, study in India programs, and partnership programs between Indian institutions and Foreign Universities are extremely useful in meeting the rapidly growing Indian educational needs. These programs contribute to the goal of preparing students to compete in the global economy.

The Foundation has staff with expertise in the Indian and Foreign educational systems. Over the years, the staff has developed extensive contacts with a wide array of accredited Foreign universities.


OVERSEAS EDUCATION

With the liberalization of the economy in the Indian sub-continent and growing affluence of the large middle class, study in foreign countries is no longer just a dream for many students from the sub-continent. It is indeed a very viable option. Students from the sub-continent are interested in foreign universities to pursue their higher education goals and tap the international career opportunities. The Indus Foundation guarantees admission in foreign universities for all students from the Indian sub-continent, provided they meet the minimum admission criteria of the foreign universities.

The Indus Foundation is an organization of professionals working as authorized representatives and promoters of foreign universities in the Indian sub-continent. The Foundation offers a comprehensive package of services to take care of all processing and application needs of Indian students for study in foreign countries. Its services are directed towards assessing and matching students with the philosophy, requirements, academic offerings and resources of foreign universities. The Foundation assists the students through the entire application process from the identification of the programs of study to the actual enrollment. These services are guaranteed to result in admission of students from the Indian sub-continent in good accredited foreign universities. Students are given a wide range of options to study in the U.S.A., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Ireland, Malaysia, or any other country.

Good quality education is always in great demand. In today's competitive world, entrance tests such as GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS play a very important role. Admission into a large number of good foreign universities is based on tests in which thousands of students compete with each other. Students have to appear for one or more of these tests and do well for assured admission (with financial assistance) into a good university. Students look for good training institutes through which they can prepare for various entrance tests. The Indus Foundation, with its vast experience and latest training materials, is best suited to train students to do well in the entrance tests and fulfill their aspirations of studying abroad.

The Foundation strongly believes in providing honest, up-to-date and accurate information with friendly and courteous service. It is an organization where students can go for counseling and information. Information dissemination and personal counseling are made available to students from all over the Indian sub-continent. Foundation’s are ideally equipped to assist students to go through the maze of admission processes of foreign universities.


Mr. C.D.Arha, IAS (Retd.) Chairman

Mr. C. D. Arha, 74, is the Chairman of the Indus Foundation. He joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1968. He served the Government of India and the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan in various top level positions. Mr. Arha was Secretary in the Ministry of Coal & Mines, Government of India. He worked with FAO of the United Nations, Rome. Mr. Arha also served as Chief Information Commissioner, Information Commission, Andhra Pradesh. He worked with distinction as Chairman of several large Indian public sector enterprises, namely, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, and Coal India Ltd. Mr. Arha is presently serving as Director of Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Ltd, Emami Cements Ltd, Anand Rathi Financial Services Ltd, and ACB (India) Ltd. He holds an M .A. (History) and Diploma in Management & Administration of Rural Development (University of Birmingham, UK).

Mr. S.B.Anumolu, President

Mr. S.B.Anumolu, 72, is the President of the Indus Foundation, New Jersey, which was founded in 1995. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B). He joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1969 and was trained at Mussorie and Mt. Abu in India. He worked for 18 years in various senior level positions including that of Deputy Inspector General of Police before leaving Government service. He received letters of commendation from the Government for the good work done. He worked as Managing Director of an industry for six years and later as Managing Director of a management consulting company for six years and led several business delegations to the USA, Canada, Japan, the UAE, and other Gulf countries. His vision involves promotion of Educational Excellence and Skill Development in India on par with those of the developed countries.