How India and Canada Can Grow Together
MUMBAI, November 11, 2010 - India and Canada have
the foundation to build a super-partnership by working together on the three
E's: Energy, Entrepreneurship, and Education.
These thoughts were shared by President of the
University of Alberta, Indira
Samarasekara, at a program titled Why
Canada Now? Partnering with India through Higher Education-Corporate Linkages.
Samarasekara said that India's tremendous energy needs as a
growing country could be met in part by resources from Canada. This would also
increase commercial dealings between the countries and diversify India's
resource procurement pool.
On the entrepreneurship front, Samarasekara said Canadian
companies could stand to learn from India's ability to churn out enterprising
businessmen to boost low productivity rates. Strengths of Canadian companies in
areas such as healthcare and finance could be commercialized by the high
entrepreneurship energy in India.
She added that India could use Canadian educational
institutions to fill the eight million higher education seats that India
currently needs. India also needs to address gender parity issues, and Canada
could help significantly in overcoming such social barriers and education
Samarasekara noted that Canada's future depends on its ties
with places like India, and in turn, India's prosperity depends on how it
addresses issues like energy requirements and education gaps. Citing University
of Alberta's associations with Indian organizations such as IIT Bombay and the
MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, she concluded that it makes far more sense
to combine resources and brainpower across borders to maximize strengths,
rather than to run parallel to each other in the hopes that the fastest wins.