Government of India giving grants to setup Food Processing, Cold Chains and Preservation Infrastructure
$9 billion post-harvest losses in 2009. 40% wastage of food in a country like India is huge. With growing population, more mouths to feed, India can't afford to neglect the food sector.
An interesting article, by WSJ, which certainly presents a cautionary look at India's growth with respect to its rising inflation.
My personal thought behind why increase in the interest rates has not been able to control the inflation rates is the unorganized sectors in India.
India is attracting significant investments directed at setting up facilities to assemble, test, mark and package chips, According to Press Trust of India / New Delhi, 11 companies, both foreign and local, have expressed interest to set up semiconductor wafer fabrication plant. This will forward India's dream to emerge as global manufacturing hub for electronics.
No doubt that Indian colleges need to collaborate with foreign education institutions, especially US based, to bring trainers and quality to their academic programs and no doubt that US universities need students and investment to sustain their research programs, reduce costs...
Three reasons that I think why US universities will do well in India are: English speaking population, huge, aspiring middle class, and respect for the American degree among Indians.
On one hand India needs more engineers and on the other several engineering colleges are on sale in India. 'Zero branding' and 'bare infrastructure' are cited as two primary reasons for the latter. In essence, the colleges in question produce engineers who do not find jobs. I strongly feel that for the investors and foreign academic institutions who want to enter the Indian education sector, this presents a golden opportunity....get a head start, turn the situation around with your vision, added value and reap huge benefits.
'Skill Development training': An unparallel opportunity in India
India needs trained professionals to sustain its growth trajectory and the demand is growing every year.
For example, about 10,000 trained professionals are in demand each year by companies pursuing clinical research services in India.
Temple University's School of Pharmacy (TUSP) of Philadelphia will launch courses in medical and regulatory fields in a remote delivery mode for Indian students from August.
Shining example of entrepreneurship in India
Four software engineers, former employees of Wipro in Bangalore, quit their jobs and turned entrepreneurs to set up a milk dairy. In this example you can see a perfect mix of mindset, technology and partnership. Multiple similar ideas can be drawn in various fields for example in water treatment, air purification, etc.
Research Center to help save energy in buildings, mobility solutions and renewable energy
Its an example to tap into the Indian education sector.
Especially for vocational institutions, the opportunity in India is humongous.
Serving Indians' taste buds: demand to double in 5 years
Economically rising Indian middle class is getting more aware of eating healthy & nutritious food. They want consistency in the taste of seasonal food items. And, importantly, they are ready to pay for this.
The Indian food industry, which includes food production, quality control, food packaging, transporation, temperature controlled warehousing, referigerated retailing, presents an unparalled opportunity to benefit economically with a great social impact.
An example for US univerisities to follow in India
A perfect example for US universities to enter the booming education sector in India. Creating skill development centers or setting up research programs will be the best sellers in India.