Maharashtra's SPPU to set up campus in Doha

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Updated on Jan 17, 2020 20:54 IST

There are around 8 million Indian diasporas in the Gulf region. Indian families would often send children back to their home country for higher education due to the absence of an Indian university’s campus in the country.

Maharashtra's Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and Qatar's Milestone International Education (MIE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of FICCI International Higher Education Conference at New Delhi. The pact will let the University set up a campus in Doha and offer courses in science, commerce, arts, and liberal arts. The college, supported by the Qatar government, will be fully functional from 2020.

SPPU’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Nitin Karmalkarand and MIE’s chairman, Ali A, Latif Al Mesned signed the MoU. The event was also witnessed by Qatar’s Ambassador to India, Mohammad Al Khater, Qatar's Ministry of Education Under-Secretary Dr Ibrahim Al Nuaimi and other ministry representatives. Calling it a big achievement for DPS MIS Group, Qatar, MIE executive committee president Hassan Chougule said that with this association they can provide pre-KG to college degrees now. He also added that it is a complete educational solution to all parents and residents of Qatar and the Indian community in particular.

According to MIE officials, there are almost 8 million Indian diasporas in the Gulf region. Indian families often send their children back to their home countries for higher education due to a lack of Indian university’s campus in the region. This MoU will help Indian parents offer affordable and high-quality education to their children.

Ken Research estimates that the education market of Qatar will reach $2.8 billion by 2023. To make the economy self-reliant, the Qatar government is investing heavily in the education sector.

As the country denizens demand quality education it has driven many private and public educational institutes to the Gulf nation. The list of such educational institutes includes reputed names like Doha British School, Park House English School, GEMS American Academy Qatar, DPA Modern Indian School and The Phoenix Private School. The Qatar Ministry has underlined an international curriculum talking about making English as the primary language for student’s educational syllabus.

The Qatar Education System has also introduced e-learning portals for online education sessions, which has encouraged greater participation of students enrolling for the education in the country.

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