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
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