According to the sources, Jennifer McCormic, a top American education official is soon scheduled to visit India so as to develop an international teacher and student exchange program which will engage the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and the US state of Indiana.
After his meeting in this connection with Indiana State Superintendent of Education Jennifer McCormic on July 26 ,the Chairman of Sikhs PAC Gurinder Singh Khalsa said, “This will be the very first initiative by Indiana with India. Currently there are only a few exchange programs with other countries across the globe.”
The US official’s visit to India is likely to be somewhere in the end of the season, the chairman said, continuing that the exchange program among school students and teachers will be impacting the people-to-people relationship between the two countries in a much broader and positive sense.
Khalsa said, “We should have a mechanism of exchange programs for school students and teachers. This will give exposure to our students and teachers.”
Currently, Indiana is plunging towards pulling of a 90-minute documentary which will inform student residents about the diversity and multiplicity of cultures and will be showcasing international citizen communities in Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Education says that there are currently 375 spoken languages registered with the State, itself.
The former Indiana Superintendent of Education Glenda Ritz made an announcement last year about the introduction of Sikh History in the state’s high school history curriculum by sending text supplements without any ado until history books were republished.
Since the new history textbooks have been in effect in Indiana, now, two US states – California and Indiana impart the Sikh history which have become part of public schools’ history books curriculum.