Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Ann Stock
Assistant Secretary (R)
Washington, DC
October 11, 2011

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Assistant Secretary Stock: Ultimately, American and Indian students will manage the future of our relationship. We live in a global society and students who study abroad learn about the culture, the country, the language, and the people. That gives them a major advantage.

Assistant Secretary Blake: Higher Education already, has been one of the high points in US-India relations. We are very proud that 100,000 Indian students are already studying in the United States. But, I think the point of our upcoming summit is that, we believe, there are a lot of opportunities, to really expand what we’re doing right now.

:Assistant Secretary Stock: Our ultimate goal for the summit is, people-to-people exchange, but we also want to strengthen our government-to-government exchanges, our university-to-university exchanges, and our business-to-business exchanges. Those will help us build our relationship in the future, and make sure that our students, both nations, are prepared to go operate in the 21st century.