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India needs 1.4 Mn career counselors: IC3 Conference

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The 2018 Annual International Career and (IC3) Conference acknowledged that India's 350 million students, the biggest student population in the world, needs at least 1.4 million career counselors to maintain a globally acceptable student-to-school-ratio.

The conference also unveiled a special report 'A World on The Move: Trends in Global Student Mobility' by (IIE) highlighting that despite global uncertainty, the demand for international has consistently been on the rise and will continue to grow.

The conference attendance grew by 40 percent in 2017 to 700+ delegates this year from leading high schools and global universities across India, South East Asia, North America, Europe, and

With 100+ speakers and over 40 sessions, the 3rd edition of the Conference provided an engaging platform to discuss new ideas and opportunities in global higher and student counseling.

The two-day event, hosted by KIC UnivAssist and co-hosted by Ashoka University, was a collaborative effort with content partners such as IIE, Education USA, Edu Canada, College Board, British Council, Cambridge Assessment, International Baccalaureate, and NACAC.

Welcoming the 100 counselors (recipients of the scholarships this year) from under-resourced schools across the country, the committee announced the winners of the 2nd edition of awards for their outstanding contributions in the field of

"We were delighted with the level of participation and discourse at the conference this year. This year marks a major milestone with the launch of the to realize our mission of establishing a dedicated department in all schools and colleges in and throughout Asia," said Chair, Mentor, KIC UnivAssist and Counselor,

"Never have students had so much freedom to choose courses, careers, and countries than they do today. These are however also times of extreme uncertainty. Students need guidance and coaching for career development like any other discipline taught in schools. If has to realise its demographic dividend, it needs to provide one career for every 250 students it has," added Kohli.

"It is exciting to see the momentum IC3 has generated within the Asian teaching community and academic institutions. has long been a gaping hole in institutions and is even more crucial in the context of the sweeping changes in types of jobs the world is likely to see in the light of emerging technologies from to Students will benefit immensely from IC3's effort to empower high schools and colleges with professional development opportunities and guide students on what to study, where to study, and how to prepare for a successful career," said Karthik Krishnan, Britannica Group, U.S.,

Other distinguished speakers included Vivek Mansukhani, Head, Institute of International Education, India; Anuj Bhasin, Trade Commissioner, Education, to India; Dr. Lindsay Addington, Associate Director, International Initiatives, for College Admission Counseling; to name a few.

The conference witnessed multiple breakout sessions, insightful keynote addresses by leading education experts, networking opportunities and other pre- and post-conference events such as Workshops, Presidential Forum, Fair & Symposium and Local University Visits.

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First Published: Thu, August 30 2018. 18:00 IST
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