Montgomery College Awarded $195,000 Grant to Develop Exchange Program and Community College National Symposium in India

The U.S. India Educational Foundation (USIEF) Fulbright Commission has awarded Montgomery College a $195,000 grant to build international cooperation, diplomacy and education in India. With the grant, Montgomery College will develop a faculty and student exchange program with three higher education institutions in India, create a faculty development program, and coordinate a two-day symposium on community colleges to take place in New Delhi next March. The grant will cover 100 percent of the College’s expenses.

“Montgomery College’s mission of changing lives and enriching our community does not stop at the borders of our campuses, the county line, or our own country,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “Through the USIEF grant, Montgomery College has a unique opportunity to share the community college model and to support the expansion of educational offerings for the people of India.”

Montgomery College will help India build capacity in teaching, student affairs, and support systems. Three postsecondary education institutions in India will partner with Montgomery College—the OP Jindal Institute of Technology and Skills, the Guru Gobind Government Polytechnic and the Industrial Training Institute—to build and strengthen their curricula in the growing fields of automotive technology, construction management, and building trades.

Additionally, the grant provides professional development for faculty, staff, and administrators to engage in academic dialogue with educators, industry leaders, and government officials from both the U.S. and India. These discussions will provide opportunities to explore the community college mission in greater depth, expand the College’s current efforts to internationalize the curriculum, and introduce faculty and students to another cultural perspective.

At Montgomery College, Dr. Sanjay Rai, vice president and provost of the Germantown Campus, will serve as the grant’s program administrator. Curricula expertise will be provided by Ed Roberts, instructional dean of applied technologies and the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education. The Gudelsky Institute at Montgomery College offers state-of-the-art technical education and training in the areas of automotive technology, building and construction technology, computer publishing and printing management, and workforce technologies. Additional support will be provided by Miriam Carter, assistant to the deans at the Rockville Campus.

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