Ambassador Neelam Deo is the Former Consul General of India in New York. She has a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has taught in Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University. Ambassador Deo is a career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), with over three decades in the Indian Diplomatic Corps. She has been India's Ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger & Guinea. Prior to her assignment in New York, she led the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, dealing with India's overall relations with these countries. Ambassador Deo has also worked in India's Diplomatic Missions in Washington DC, Bangkok and Rome. She is married to Dr. Pramod Deo, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service who is currently the Chairman of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission in Mumbai, and they have one daughter.
Question: What is India’s big push in higher education?
Neelam Deo: If we are keeping it to the educational area, of course, a lot of universities are looking for partners in India. And faculty exchanges, student exchanges, these are enormously beneficial also to India. I think the important development that has happened in America, to my mind, is that all the major universities are setting India study centers or they will have an Indian Studies initiative as Harvard has. Yale has started to offer a major in South Asian Studies. But 90% of South Asian Studies is really Indian Studies. Berkeley and Stanford have had long-standing collaborations. A number of business schools are being set up in collaboration with American institutions.
The Indian School of Business in Hyderabad in collaboration with Kellogg has already, after just 5 years of its founding, become one of the top 20 schools in the world. So, that’s the kind of dynamic which is very exciting for us.