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India Initiative Reflections

India Initiative Reflections

India Reflections from Dr. Pollard, part two

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The second leg of our India trade mission found us in Mumbai, where the delegation continued to build trade and economic partnerships. Interestingly, the second leg seems to truly focus on those industries that are increasingly essential in this emerging market: biotechnology, life sciences, and technology. India has redefined its economic future by strategically placing itself in the middle of the knowledge economy, harnessing its entrepreneurial spirit and embracing the talents of its growing workforce.

This economic shift became evident through the delegation’s various activities, such as visiting the Convention on Pharmaceutical Ingredients  (CPhI), conducting meetings with several Tata Group  companies, launching the Women in Bio  India Chapter, and interacting with the Binani Group . In the midst of additional announcements of business partnerships and sister-state agreements, I was particularly excited to speak with several business leaders about our new Life Sciences Park and the Montgomery College Life Sciences Park Foundation to better understand the new technology and research that is informing the development of these industries. In fact, I have been extremely successful in engaging potential board members for our new foundation.

Of course, there continues to be great interest in Montgomery College as an example of an educational institution that does not formally exist in India. As an emerging market, developing a skilled workforce across the economic strata figures prominently in discussions with business and political leaders. In fact, they have a profound sense of urgency, recognizing that the growth and success of India is dependent on expanding the number of people capable of performing the jobs of the new economy. Human capacity is not the issue; the skills gap is profoundly the issue.

Montgomery College has a unique opportunity to engage in assisting this country in developing and expanding the skills of its workforce. We are a recognized brand with a strong history of outcomes, and there are both philanthropic and entrepreneurial opportunities for our organization that will benefit our students in significant ways. 

 - Post by Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College

Photos from India

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Dr. Pollard joined Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett as they announced business agreements in Hyderabad, India. Governor O'Malley's photographer snapped a great photo  of the moment, which is available for viewing on the governor's Flickr account or by clicking here.

Additionally, a photo  of Dr. Pollard and Dr. Sanjay Rai, vice president and provost of the Germantown Campus, on the delegation's visit to the Indian School of Business is available for viewing. If you look closely at a photo  of Governor O'Malley interacting with students in the school, you will see Dr. Pollard watching and sitting next to County Executive Isiah Leggett in the far left corner, with Dr. Rai seated behind them.

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