Engaging Overseas Indians
in Indian Higher Education
IIT Gandhinagar

February 22-23, 2019

IIT Gandhinagar will host a two-day conclave on February 22-23, 2019, on ways that IITs and other leading educational institutions in India can engage with overseas Indians in promoting excellence and advancing their global stature.

Leveraging Overseas Indians in Advancing Higher Education

The large number of professional NRIs and persons of Indian origin are an incredibly valuable resource that Indian educational institutions can tap for their academic and institutional advancement. Many overseas Indians contribute their time, talent and treasure already and this Conclave will explore models, challenges and opportunities for partnerships.

Over the years, IITGN has benefitted immensely from the support of several overseas Indians who are excited by its innovative programs and keen to contribute to educational development back home. NRIs have been crucial in the success of several of IITGN’s signature programs, including faculty chairs, fellowships, scholarships, interdisciplinary centers, etc. Their support has turned IITGN into a truly global campus. Nearly 40% of IITGN undergraduate students receive study abroad opportunities, which is perhaps the highest in India and three times the average at U.S. universities. Several overseas Indians serve as visiting faculty, scholars in residence or industry associates at IITGN. Yet others volunteer their time and effort in fundraising or expanding our overseas network.


The Conclave will celebrate IITGN’s overseas supporters and brainstorm on ways to engage more widely and deeply with overseas Indians and global professionals who are keen to advance India’s educational stature on the global stage.

The Conclave will feature intellectually stimulating discussions on various aspects of overseas Indian contributions to Indian higher education. Heritage visits of Ahmedabad, India’s only UNESCO World Heritage City, and Lothal, a Harappan-era site, as well as tours of IITGN’s labs, research centers and physical facilities are also planned.


NRIs, returned NRIs, PIOs, and overseas professionals from various backgrounds and professions, such as education, business, finance, technology, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, retail and wholesale trade, arts, etc. are invited to participate in the Conclave.

This is an invitation only event, but we welcome nominations, including self-nominations, of overseas professionals, returned NRIs and expats interested in contributing to India’s educational development. The Institute will provide complimentary local hospitality, transportation and on-campus accommodation to all participants.

Nomination Form

To nominate someone or yourself, please submit nomination form

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