India and the US will hold a first ever official higher education summit next year to take forward their ties in the sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and American President Barack Obama announced on Monday. According to the Hindustan Times, India and the US were discussing the proposal for summit level talks between the two countries as a deliverable from Obama’s visit. The summit level talks will witness top leaders of the two countries discuss areas of cooperation and concerns and is aimed at providing greater momentum to reforms that can facilitate further deepening of ties in the sector, sources said. Indian American groups and societies have held Indo-US conferences on higher education in the past, including one in Mumbai earlier this year. The summit next year will be the first time that the governments of the two countries will hold summit level talks on the subject, reflecting the uniqueness of their relationship in the sector, sources said…

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